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UPDATE: Bigfoot Youth activities suspended until 30 June

posted 17 Mar 2020, 06:34 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 23 Mar 2020, 16:32 ]

We are writing to keep you updated about Bigfoot Youth activities in the light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

As a community organisation we have an obligation to the health of our members, our volunteers and their families. We are affiliated to British Cycling and we will be following its advice.

British Cycling today announced that it has extended its suspension all of its sanctioned cycling activities until 30 June.

British Cycling's recommendation to all clubs is that no organised activity (including rides, training, coaching, events) should take place during this period, in line with government advice on social gatherings and non-essential travel.

Full details can be found on the British Cycling website.

As a result we are extending our suspension of all club activities until 30 June in line with British Cycling's decision.

According to British Cycling: "With all Government guidance pointing towards a period during which the nation is being urged to come together to fight the spread of the virus, and the unprecedented burden currently on our emergency and public services, we felt that this is the most responsible – and only – course of action we could take at this moment."


We will continue to provide updates as this unprecedented ongoing situation develops.

Monday's session at Panagua Bikes postponed

posted 14 Mar 2020, 09:38 by Phil Shemmings

Due to the ongoing and rapidly developing coronavirus situation we have decided to postpone the bike maintenance and nutrition session that was due to be hosted by Panagua Bikes on Monday 16 March.

Based on current public health advice we felt that we should not host a "hands on" activity in a relatively confined space.

This was in place of our usual Monday session at Croydon Arena, which itself had been cancelled due to a football match.

There will therefore be no Youth activity on Monday.

All other cycling-based sessions will continue to be held. However, we are monitoring the situation very closely and following advice from British Cycling and the government. Please keep an eye on our website, online calendar and newsletters for further updates.

Bigfoot Youth activities and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

posted 13 Mar 2020, 08:47 by Phil Shemmings

We are writing to keep you informed about Bigfoot Youth activities in the light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

At the present time, whilst schools remain open, and following the guidance given to us by British Cycling and the government, all sessions will go ahead as usual. We are reviewing the situation regularly and if the official advice changes we will update users via our social media channels.

British Cycling's current position is that being fit and healthy is an important deterrent to the risk of any infection. They state: "As long as you follow all the relevant advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus, we would still encourage you to look after your health by getting active and getting out on a bike."

However, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, please do not attend any Bigfoot Youth activities if:

  • Your child or anyone in your household has recently travelled from one of the zones with widespread cases of the virus.
  • Your child or anyone in your household is feeling unwell in any way, having breathing problems or has a fever.

If your child or anyone in your household has a new, continuous cough or high temperature the latest government advice is to self-isolate for seven days.

While taking part in our activities please ask your child to:

  • avoid close contact with other people (shaking hands, etc.)
  • wash their hands with soap and water if they use the toilet
  • only touch their own bike
  • dispose of used tissues in waste bins straight away
  • cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or their sleeve if they cough or sneeze.


For regular updates from the UK government, go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Youth coaching sessions cancelled - 9 and 16 March

posted 3 Mar 2020, 01:44 by Phil Shemmings

Unfortunately we have to cancel the Youth sessions at Croydon Arena on Monday 9 March and Monday 16 March because of a backlog of football matches.

Keep a close eye on newsletters for possible alternative arrangements.

Mountain bike coaching session at Herne Hill: Saturday 18 April

posted 25 Feb 2020, 13:04 by Phil Shemmings

On Saturday 18 April we've booked the mountain bike trails at Herne Hill Velodrome for some bonus coaching sessions for our club members.

These sessions are open to all club riders, including Mini, Junior and Youth section members.

There's no need to book, just turn up and ride!


This session replaces the one cancelled in February due to bad weather.


Where

Herne Hill Velodrome: 104 Burbage Rd, Herne Hill, London SE24 9HE, limited parking available on site, otherwise on
surrounding streets.

When

Saturday 18 April 2020.  Arrival and Register 1:45pm, riding from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Full details in the information sheet below.

Youth coaching session cancelled Monday 24 February

posted 20 Feb 2020, 11:02 by Phil Shemmings

Unfortunately we have to cancel the Youth session at Croydon Arena on Monday 24 February because of a football match.

However, to make up for it we've arranged an additional session on Monday 6 April.

CANCELLED: Mountain bike coaching session at Herne Hill: Saturday 15 February

posted 12 Feb 2020, 08:11 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 15 Feb 2020, 04:24 ]

Session CANCELLED due to severe weather warning.

Apologies for the late notice, but we've only just been told by the venue.


On Saturday 15 February we've booked the mountain bike trails at Herne Hill Velodrome for some bonus coaching sessions for our club members.

These sessions are open to all club riders, including Mini, Junior and Youth section members.

There's no need to book, just turn up and ride!


Where
Herne Hill Velodrome: 104 Burbage Rd, Herne Hill, London SE24 9HE, limited parking available on site, otherwise on
surrounding streets.

When

Saturday 15 February 2020.  Arrival and Register 1:45pm, riding from 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Full details in the information sheet below.

Go-Ride Racing CANCELLED Sunday 9 February

posted 8 Feb 2020, 01:16 by Phil Shemmings   [ updated 8 Feb 2020, 01:16 ]

We have been informed that the South London Go-Ride Racing League event at Croydon Arena has been cancelled tomorrow (Sunday 9 February) due to the amber weather warning and forecast high winds. As this is a novice racing event, it was decided that Storm Ciara posed too great a risk to the safety of riders.

The organisers will try to reschedule to race for another date.

Youth coaching session cancelled Monday 10 February

posted 6 Feb 2020, 00:56 by Phil Shemmings

Unfortunately we have to cancel the Youth session at Croydon Arena on Monday 10 February because of a football match. However, we've arranged an additional session in half term week to make up for it.

Additional session session Monday 17 February

To make up for the cancellation of the session on 10 February, we have arranged an additional session at Croydon Arena on Monday 17 February at the usual time.

Afternoon coaching session CANCELLED Saturday 1 February

posted 31 Jan 2020, 15:50 by Phil Shemmings

We are very sorry to announce that the afternoon coaching session at Hayes has been cancelled tomorrow, Saturday 1 February.

We appreciate that this is late notice, and will come as a disappointment to our junior riders. Unfortunately we only had one volunteer coach available for tomorrow afternoon, and something unavoidable has come up which means he is no longer able to take the session.

As you know we try our hardest to run all our planned sessions but we do have a limited number of volunteer coaches and on this occasion we've been unable to find anyone who can step in to help.

As a consolation we do have an additional (free!) coaching session planned at Herne Hill on the afternoon of Saturday 15 February, when our normal coaching sessions are suspended for half term.

Please accept our apologies.

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