Wednesday, 20 May 2015

HASVC - overview

Hackney After School Velodrome Club
Hackney After School Velodrome Club
The 2012 London Olympic Games has left behind the world class track cycling arena that is now called the Lea Valley Velopark. The indoor 250m velodrome is a gem of a facility that so far is being well used by adult riders and corporate bookings who can afford the fees. Since opening in March 2014 it has become clear that a collective effort is required to ensure that new young cyclists from the area get regular access to this track. If not (logically) there will be a diminishing return of riders using the venue.
We are looking at the future of track cycling and acting out a positive intervention. It's legacy, outreach, talent development & community cohesion...opportunity for all.

The costs and credits for this activity are shared by a group of supporting partners therefore there need not be a weighty financial implication on just one or two organisations.

Thanks to the backing of Lea Valley Velopark, Cycling Club Hackney (management & coaching) Interlinkx CiC, Hackney Homes and Young Hackney's support, this initiative is able to get going into its trial sessions. 

Start date: Registration & induction Tuesday 2nd June 2015 (nine consecutive weeks to follow, contract renewal subject to review)
Weekly on Tuesdays 5-6pm
Coaching team: Keir Apperley, Neil Irons, Martin Elliot & Harry Moore.

Project manager: K Apperley.

Hackney After School Velodrome Club - starting 2nd June 2015

On Tuesday 2nd June the all new Hackney After School Velodrome Club (HASVC)
will begin with a registration and induction session from 4.30-6.00pm.
The place to be for future young track riders of Hackney on this day is: Meeting room 1 at Lea Valley Velopark Velodrome, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Abercrombie Road, London E20 3AB. Once the formalities are completed start up young riders will be able to go in to watch a well known professional cyclist in an exclusive track training session until 6.30pm.

The following week 7th June is the time when our weekly youth track training begins. We have a programme of 9 weekly sessions that are 100% funded. There will be two groups doing 3 X 9 minute blocks each. One being established and intermediate riders and the other being beginners and intermediate.
It is anticipated that before this runs out additional funders and sponsors will come on board to secure this session into an on-going provision.

Come July 14th (week six) young members will be ready to contribute with their fund raising 'Youth Group Hour Record' attempt. This is when a minimum of 10 riders on the track at any one time will rotate and push on to gain as much distance as they can in one hour.

The lead coach and organiser for this project is Cycling Club Hackney's  manager Keir Apperley. Having negotiated with the Lea valley Velopark Trust for a healthy concession on track bike and protective equipment use; the prospect became viable, especially with the collective backing of Hackney council's 'Young Hackney', social enterprise Interlinkx CiC and the start-up partner Cycling Club Hackney.
Use it or loose it:
If the need is evident in terms of attendance and outreach success then the plan is for on-going track sessions at LVV. Many thanks to those who are supporting HASVC and who are working to make regular Hackney youth track time possible.