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Derby College launches cycling academy

Derby College has teamed up with Cycle Derby to launch one of the country’s first specialist sports academies that will enable students to develop cycling skills.

BMX nationalsIt will take advantage of the wide range of facilities available in the sport including the new Derby Arena.

From Sept 2015, Sports students at the College's Broomfield Hall campus will be able to join specialist British Cycling training events and benefit from work placements with Cycle Derby to boost their athletic performance and enhance their employability skills.

The Cycle Derby Academy will join an established sports academy programme available for students alongside their main learning programmes including cricket, golf, futsal, football and basketball.

Students will receive expert coaching in a range of disciplines including BMX, cyclo-cross, mountain biking, road racing and time trialling at the Derby Arena.

Derby College Sports Team Manager Nick Ramsden explained: “We run a wide range of very successful sports academies which enable students across the College but particularly those on full time sports programmes to develop their skills and athletic performance.

“Cycling is one of the fastest growing sports around and Derby has ambitions to become the centre for cycling in the country.

“The BMX, road, cyclo cross and mountain biking facilities and club structure locally will be greatly enhanced with the opening of the Derby Arena in the coming months.

“We were therefore keen to work with Cycle Derby and other partners in the city and county to expand our academy programme and provide students with access to expert coaching and work placement opportunities to support their future career plans.”

Tracey Fletcher from Cycle Derby added: “The partnership work between Derby College and Cycle Derby will enable talented riders and newcomers with opportunities to take part in cycling regularly to develop their skills and athletic performance.

“There will also be opportunities to get involved with the development of cycling events and coaching in schools as part of their work experience to support the work underway to grow the participation in cycling in the city.”

Mark Smith from Cycle Derby continued: “The Cycling Academy is much more than just getting on a bike and riding around the track.

“It will introduce riders to all disciplines of cycling and offer bike maintenance, enterprise initiatives, coaching and proficiency qualifications as well as sports development opportunities throughout the community.

“Combining the academy with study at Derby College therefore provides riders with a fantastic opportunity to progress into higher education or employment.”