Dundee Volunteer Mountain Bike Leader

 

Overview

This is a unique and very exciting opportunity to become a fully qualified mountain bike leader to work alongside Scottish Cycling, Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) and local partners Angus Cycle Hub, Discovery Junior Cycle Club and Dundee City Council in the development and delivery of an aspirational pilot programme in Dundee to deliver accessible mountain bike opportunities for the Dundee communities.

Scottish Cycling through a partnership with HSBC and British Cycling, have selected Dundee to be the first city in Scotland to pilot a Level 1 MTB centre which can be used by schools, community groups, cycling clubs and promoted to members of the public.

The plan is to recruit new volunteers to work with local organisations and gain experience of good practice at Go Ride October holiday camp and after school sessions, which will be running from October till early December.

After gaining experience working alongside professionals, the volunteers will:

  • be trained in Level 2 Leadership, bike mechanics and undergo their Level 2 Leadership assessment.

  • will support local organisations to set up a Scottish Cycling Level 1 centre and assist them inducting new Level 1 Leaders.

Their will then be a further 2 blocks of professional sessions before a supported transition to local organisations to continue delivery.

We believe we can set up a fantastic pilot which can highlight the opportunities for partnerships between governing bodies, local authorities, clubs and community organisations to increase participation in mountain biking.

To be an integral cog in this innovative and exciting knobbly tyred pilot please read through the job description below and the personal specification. If you think this is the opportunity for you, and you are a keen and enthusiastic mountain biker with a passion to encourage others to experience the freedom of the great outdoors alongside the drive to further your own professional leadership development through fully supported and funded training culminating with a British Cycling Level 2 Mountain Bike leadership Qualification we want to hear from you. Simply fill in the application form or give us a call.

You do not need to be an expert mountain biker; confidence, experience and an openness to develop your skills alongside excellent communication skills are more important than the ability to pull a wheelie down the road.

This role is subject to initial and continuing PVG clearance.

 

 

The Role of the leader

The leader will utilise their skills, enthusiasm, expertise and sense of fun to deliver safe and challenging activities for club members, community and school groups.

Coming to us with experience in mountain biking, maybe already either working in the outdoor sector, volunteering at a club or simply having a personal interest in gaining additional skills we will take your current skill set and provide you with the support and training to safely lead others on off-road terrain.

As a training Level 2 MTB Leader you will be involved in the planning, delivery and evaluation of the project, supporting centre Level 1 leaders while undergoing a programme of continuing professional development with full support and a personal development plan created by a Scottish Cycling approved tutor and the Mountain Bike Leadership Development Officer.

You will receive training in, but not limited to:

  • The planning and delivery of appropriate rides or your group

  • Leading techniques for effective group management

  • Map reading and navigation for a flowing journey

  • Management of accidents and emergency situations

  • Equipment set-up and trailside repairs

  • Core mountain bike technique

Your Level 2 training and assessment will be fully funded by the project. Assuming successful assessment, you will achieve the Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Award which will enable you to use your experience to safely guide others on off-road terrain. These skills can be used to go out on a mountain bike, be safe and have fun.

 

Duties

  • Attend holiday programme or after school sessions to learn good practice from an experienced leader

  • Volunteer with a local organisation who will support you to engage with their structured leadership programme either the Angus Cycle Hub, Discovery Junior Cycle Club and/or Dundee City Council – including schools and Ancrum Outdoor Centre

  • Support the programme organisers, Angus Bike Hub and Dundee City Council in the development and delivery of leadership sessions.

  • Utilise British (Scottish) Cycling leadership resources to enhance the leadership programme.

  • Operate to centre protocol including (but not limited to) risk assessments, standard operating procedures and emergency action procedures.

  • Induct new trained Level 1 leaders in centre protocol including (but not limited to) risk assessments, standard operating procedures and emergency action plans alongside bike/kit inspections and standards.

  • Ensure that the British (Scottish) Cycling recommendations for leader to rider ratios are not exceeded across level 1 and level 2 activities.

  • Enthusiastically show commitment to further development and outreach work, supported with professional development of tutors and leaders within the centre and associated with the programme.

  • Ensure his/her availability for evening and/or weekend leadership sessions including across school holiday times.

  • To assist with new level 1 leader team selection where appropriate.

  • To monitor, evaluate and feedback on rider/leader and team performances.

  • To contribute to leadership development within the club.

  • To ensure that knowledge, skills and qualifications are kept up to date including Child Protection and First Aid training.

 

Skills and Development Potential

  • Be a confident and experienced mountain bike rider.

  • Demonstrate good knowledge and understanding of the activity.

  • Have good organisational skills.

  • Be confident, with natural and accessible communication skills.

  • Be enthusiastic and a good motivator.

  • Have an understanding of child protection and safeguarding policies.

  • Have a willingness to develop your mountain biking personally and professionally.

  • Have a willingness to develop your leadership skills to a professional standard.

 

Commitment

Scottish Cycling, with DMBinS and our local partners, are committed to providing you with training and a development plan alongside a fully funded Level 2 Mountain Bike Leadership Training and Assessment programme.

The programme would like you to support the project as highlighted above alongside the planning and delivery of structured led rides. The project anticipates a commitment from you to support us on average biweekly/monthly activity with evening, school holiday and weekend work.

If available it would be useful to gain volunteers perspective at our project partnership meetings held monthly/quarterly and support the Mountain Bike Leadership Development Officer in the production of case studies and advising on exemplar activity. 

We envisage the volunteer continuing to work with one of our local partners – to take advantage of their support and organisational strengths. If you are not sure, at this stage, who you would volunteer with then that is fine – we are just looking for good quality people who want to share their love for mountain biking.  

 

The Projects Commitment to You

By accepting the role of leader, the project will help you…..

To increase your skills and confidence in operating as a leader, there are opportunities for further training and resources available to support you. 

Training Opportunities; you can utilise the available resources from British (Scottish Cycling), will have access to advice from other members of your project including tutors and outdoor educators who have experience leading many different groups of people.

Click on the lick to apply  https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/scotland/article/20170914-Scottish-Cycling--DMBinS-and-other-local-partners-are-looking-for-Mountain-Bike-Volunteers-in-Dundee-0