Cycling coach

Cycling coaches help riders develop their cycling skills.

Average salary (a year)

£20,000 Starter

to

£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

36 to 38 variable

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays away from home

How to become a Cycling coach

You can get into this job through:

  • a university course
  • an apprenticeship
  • getting specialist training from an industry body

University

There is no set entry route to become a professional cycle coach but getting a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in a sports-related subject like sports science could give you an advantage.

If you're a competitive cyclist, you could do a foundation degree in cycling performance through Writtle University College.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 1 or 2 A levels for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree

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Apprenticeship

You can work towards this role by starting with an intermediate apprenticeship as a community activator coach.

This apprenticeship is recognised by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

Entry requirements

Employers will set their own entry requirements.

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Volunteering and experience

You can develop your coaching skills through volunteering.

British Cycling has details on how you can get involved with your local club, coaching and cycling events. There are opportunities in road and track racing, BMX and mountain biking.

Other routes

You can do training through a professional body like British Cycling, who offer qualifications in coaching. For example:

  • Level 1 Award in Coaching Cycling - beginner's qualification
  • Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Cycling - if you have some coaching experience
  • Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Cycling - if you want to work with individual riders and plan detailed training programmes

Bursaries or grants may be available to help you train as a cycling coach.

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Further information

You can find out more about becoming a cycling coach and coaching qualifications from British Cycling and Cycling UK.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • leadership skills
  • the ability to teach pupils how to do something
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

Restrictions and requirements

You'll need to:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

If you're working with younger riders in schools and community groups, you could be:

  • planning fun, engaging coaching activities, sessions and programmes in a safe environment
  • helping riders to improve their riding technique
  • working with riders, schools, community groups and sports organisations to promote the sport

If you're working with riders involved in the competitive side of the sport, you could be:

  • working on developing more advanced riding techniques and tactics
  • designing training programmes
  • supporting riders at races and competitions
  • maintaining records of rider performance
  • advising on how lifestyle choices can affect performance
  • mentoring other coaches
  • working with experts including sports scientists, nutritionists, physiotherapists and programme managers
  • marketing and promoting your coaching services, if you're self-employed
  • combining your coaching with other work to earn money

Working environment

You could work on a sports field or at a sports arena.

Career path and progression

You could work for British Cycling as a development coach, introducing people to cycling, or working on talent programmes to support cyclists.

You could work as a coach for a local authority or organisation with an interest in sports development at places like BMX tracks, mountain bike trail centres or indoor cycling tracks.

You could become a self-employed coach and design training programmes for amateur riders.

You could also become a cycle trainer through the Bikeability scheme, teaching young people how to cycle safety on roads. If you work with young people, you could move into sports development or youth work.

With experience, you could transfer your skills and abilities to other areas of the sports industry.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Activator Coach Apprenticeship Level 2 (Sports Coach Apprentice)

  • Wage : £136.90 Weekly
  • Location: Barnsley S70 2JW

Sports Coaching Apprenticeships - Bristol

  • Wage : £111.00 Weekly
  • Location: Bristol BS16 1QY

Courses In England

Instructing Group Indoor Cycling Sessions - AIQ Level 2 Award (16-18)

  • Provider: PRESTON COLLEGE
  • Start date: 23 January 2019
  • Location: PRESTON

Instructing Group Indoor (Studio) Cycling Sessions Award - Level 2 - YMCA

  • Provider: Cheshire College South & West
  • Start date: 08 February 2019
  • Location: Ellesmere Port

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