About us

Bigfoot Youth CC was formed in 2009 when it was initially called Bigfoot Go-Ride. We have three sections: the Junior section caters for children aged 7 to 11 with morning and afternoon sessions. The Youth section was launched in 2014, aimed at secondary school age children. Then in 2015 we launched a further branch, the Mini section, for children aged 6 to 7. All three together form the junior division of Bigfoot CC. On this page you can find out more about the club's branches, along with information about how to join. There are also links to pages about our coaches and helpers, our club welfare officers, and our child protection arrangements.

Junior section

Go-Ride at Pickhurst
Bigfoot Youth Junior section is all about taking part in cycling as a sport while developing your child’s fitness, racing and bike handling skills. The main focus of the club's activity is our Saturday coaching sessions, held at Hayes Primary School, with separate two hour sessions held in both the morning and in the afternoon. Coaching takes place throughout the year during term time. Each week our volunteer British Cycling-qualified Go-Ride coaches put the riders through their paces, with warm ups, skills circuits, fun challenges and races.

A typical Saturday session will involve a bike safety check and warm up session, followed by Go-Ride coaching activities, designed to progressively develop riders' racing and bike handling skills, improve fitness and introduce different types of cycle sport.

We make sure that all coaching activities are appropriate for the age and skill level of all the children taking part, to make sure that we develop skills and confidence gradually.

Throughout the year we also arrange a number of activities away from home, such as track riding at Herne Hill velodrome and the Olympic stadium, mountain biking at Bedgebury, use of the road racing circuit at Kent Cyclopark, and BMX in Merton. We also take part in the South London Go-Ride Racing League and many other local youth racing opportunities.

All our coaches are DBS checked, have a first aid qualification and are fully insured. Coaches are qualified to British Cycling Level 2. You can find a list of coaches and helpers here.

Youth section

Our Youth section was launched as a separate branch club in September 2014. The Youth section is open to secondary school boys and girls, and is run by British Cycling qualified coaches, our activities include:

  • training sessions to improve your fitness, racing and bike handling skills
  • group rides, both on and off road, local and further afield
  • a calendar of regional youth racing opportunities
  • outings to velodromes, BMX tracks, MTB trails, cycle shows and racing events
  • the club can also help with aspects of your Duke of Edinburgh awards scheme.

The club holds regular term-time sessions on Monday evenings (at Croydon Sports Arena) and Thursday evenings (at Bromley College), with other activities organised at weekends.

MONDAYS at Croydon Arena are TRAINING sessions which are more physically demanding and aimed riders who participate in cycling as a sport (be that racing, time trials, sportives or triathlons). These sessions will also be open to selected younger riders from the Junior section who are eager for extra training (on an invitation-only basis).

THURSDAYS at Bromley College are CLUB sessions which are aimed all types of riders. They are more like our usual Go-Ride sessions but with more of a skills and social focus. These sessions are open to Youth section riders only and not younger riders from the Junior section.

Youth section riders are welcome to come along to either or both of these sessions every week but should be aware of the session focus and demands before attending. Younger riders (from the Junior section) must be approved by the Youth section coach leaders before being allowed to join the Monday sessions.

There is possibility that from time to time our Monday sessions may be cancelled at short notice. This is due to priority given to the football club based at Croydon Arena. Please keep an eye on the club Twitter, email newsletters, text alerts and calendar to make sure the session is going ahead before you travel.

Mini section

The Mini section is our newest branch, established in 2015. It is aimed at 6 to 7 year olds who are able to ride a bike without stabilisers. Each week our one hour session introduces young riders to the Go-Ride Gears programme, and get them ready for joining the Junior section when they are seven.

Joining us

Our membership capacity is limited by the number of coaches and helpers we have, and by the space available at our three main venues. All three branches of the club usually run at maximum capacity and so we operate a waiting list. Complete our membership enquiry form to register your interest in joining.

British Cycling and Go-Ride

British Cycling is the National Governing Body for cycling in Great Britain, whose aim is to inspire participation in cycling as a sport, recreation and sustainable transport through achieving worldwide success.

Go-Ride is British Cycling’s Club Development Programme aimed at improving both young riders and clubs. It focuses on volunteers and young members – improving coaching standards and increasing the number of young riders with access to coaching activities.

For more information about British Cycling and Go-Ride, visit http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/go-ride.

Transfer of activities to Bigfoot Youth Cycle Club Ltd

On 18 August, the club's EGM unanimously decided to move the club's activities from being run by an 'unincorporated' organisation to an 'incorporated' Company Limited by Guarantee. The reason for the change was to enable to club itself (rather than individual committee members) to enter into contracts and hold assets on behalf of the club. Full details about the EGM and the proposal are here.
From Monday 29 October all the membership, activities, contracts, assets and key organisational documents have moved from Bigfoot Go-Ride to Bigfoot Youth Cycle Club Ltd.