Clifton Cycling Club’s Billy Geraghty has carried off this year’s Yorkshire Club Coach award for his work with Clifton’s Go-Ride team, which brings eight to 16-year-olds into the sport.
The award will be presented at British Cycling’s national Go-Ride conference in Manchester next month.
Clifton began providing coaching for young people in 2010 using Hempland School’s playgrounds.
Since then British success in cycling at international level – particularly the Beijing and London Olympics and the past two consecutive Tour de France wins – has seen interest multiply.
The club now regularly sees 50 under-16s attending its weekly coaching sessions.
Said Geraghty: “When I came to York five years ago and joined Clifton CC I was asking ‘where are all the junior riders, what do we do for them?’. And so Clifton CC Go-Ride Club was born.
“We started with five kids and it has grown to where it is today.”
Clifton CC’s racing secretary Phil Bixby said: “Billy has worked wonders as part of a small, voluntary team who have created something from nothing, and turned it into a successful, nationally-accredited operation.”
For details see the www.cliftoncc.org website or on Go-Ride contact firstname.lastname@example.org.