Hi, I am Joseph Parker, in September I received monetary assistance from this fund to pay for my Level 2 cycle coaching course, and in December I became a fully qualified Level 2 coach.
At the beginning of March I took my Level 2 mountain bike specific coaching qualification. This fund has enabled me to progress further in my career and my volunteering. I am still volunteering in my local area, at local schools, at circuit and at cyclocross races.
The Level 2 qualification has opened up a pathway to work with British Cycling as an assistant coach, and as a Level 3 mountain bike specific coach. The Level 3 award allows you to set training plans for riders and take 1 to 1 sessions.
I am now 18, and still can’t access some of the opportunities this opens, yet. But in future will be following the pathways for my career, which I aspire to be an Olympic mountain bike coach, however as an 18 year old it opens up other opportunities such as becoming a Commissaire, (trained volunteers who ensure fair and safe competition in cycling races) I am taking the mountain biking Commissaire course in the next couple of weeks. And hopefully take this to international level.
I want to say a big thank you to all at the Jack Bloor Fund for giving me this opportunity, it has helped me find what I want to do in future, and allow me to see a clear pathway I want to take. This being a go-ride coach with British cycling as the aim for now. It has allowed me to take on a lot more volunteering roles, and has allowed me to take my coaching to the next step as I am starting to coach in schools more and coach at local bike clubs.
1st March 2017
Joe’s new Cycle Coaching logo
Joe Parker on Level Two Coaching Course
Coaching at Richard Dunn Sports Centre