The HUUB Ribble Performance Academy programme gives aspiring young cyclists the opportunity to develop their race craft and physical attributes while studying academic qualifications in Sport to enhance their career prospects.
The College’s partnership with the HUUB Ribble Cycling Team enables students to benefit from the expertise of highly qualified and respected coaches, which enhances the sport-focussed curriculum.
Training sessions and race schedules are carried out alongside your main programme of study, with a race calendar which is focussed on weekends. The academy race programme centres on road and track cycling but riders from cyclo-cross, bmx, mountain biking, cycle speedway etc are all welcome to enhance their performance in these disciplines.
Remote delivery of coaching and the academic course means that you can study from home and use your own training set-up to be part of the Academy.
Applications are welcomed from individuals who regularly participate in cycling and who show a desire and willingness to develop their sporting performance.
To qualify as part of the HUUB Ribble Performance Academy race team, you must meet the physical and endurance demands of elite level cycling. This performance testing will determine if you are part of the race team or development squad.
Academy cyclists will need to have their own British Cycling Race licence, or be prepared to obtain one in order to gain entry points for specific races.
Entry to the Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sports Coaching and Development or Sporting Excellence requires candidates to have a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*- C) including English and Maths. This course has been designed specifically to allow for optimal access to your training programmes and can be delivered remotely for applicants who live further afield.
Riders can choose to study on-site and may also be able to access the Cycling Academy programme by studying a Level 2 course or A-levels, depending on if the timetable fits in with training sessions and performance tests. However, any GCSE resit requirements will take priority over your access to training.
In order to train and ride together, we strongly encourage riders to study the Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sports Coaching and Development or Sport and Exercise Science.
For academic course information, please see the Extended Certificate in Sports Coaching and Development or the Sport and Exercise Science web pages for further guidance.
*CV19 restrictions may apply
Physical assessments will be conducted to identify your biological passport and physiological markers. Your performance will be closely monitored through the completion of a tailored training protocol via Training Peaks.
Academic assessment on the study programme will be continuous over the year. Assessment methods will vary depending on the subjects delivered. See our Sports Coaching and Development or Sport and Exercise Science pages for further details.
School leavers are eligible for three years of funded education at DCG. Therefore students may wish to continue to the second and third years of the Sports Coaching and Development or Sport and Exercise Science courses or alternatively choose to study other related qualifications.
On successful completion of the course, students may wish to progress to the Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching at DCG or to seek employment within the sport and leisure sector.
Links with our local universities may see you selected for their cycling performance team alongside higher level study.
Derby College offer sport, health and leisure facilities for public use. This includes fitness centre, sports hall and outdoor pitch hire plus lots more. Located at Broomfield Hall, Johnson Building and Mackworth.
With breaking officially confirmed as an Olympic sport, exciting times lie ahead for breaking world champion and former Derby College student Karam Singh. Karam, who took level 3 and a foundation degree in sports coaching at Broomfield, hopes to reach the 2024 Olympics in Paris and bring home a medal. Now 22, he has been breaking – a competitive form of breakdancing – since he was seven and is currently ranked fourth in the world and number one in the UK. As well as continuing to practise hard, Karam has also been busy studying – recently graduating from Derby University with a 2:1 in Sports Coaching and Development. Keen on many sports, he always wanted to train as a sports teacher or coach as a back-up to his breaking career. He said: “A 2:1 is alright but it’s a shame that I was only few marks off getting a First. It’s been hard studying during lockdown and I didn’t know what to expect at university. We’re a small, close group on the foundation course though and we’ve helped each other get through our degree.” Karam, who has travelled all over the world and met sporting heroes Usain Bolt and Marcus Rashford through his breaking, believes Broomfield helped take him to the next level. He added: “I always say Derby College was such a big thing for me. I gained a lot more from going there than I would have done going anywhere else. Broomfield is where I learnt about my body and that’s where the big transformation came. I learnt how to calorie count, manage fitness levels and how to train elite athletes. I’ve managed to apply it to myself and it’s helped me a lot. Derby College helped me to go from amateur to ‘professional’.” When he’s not doing a daily workout or practising his dancing – which he does four to five times a week – Karam makes paid-for Tik Tok videos featuring fun dances and breaking tutorials. He added: “Being accepted as an Olympic sport will give breaking wider recognition and, for the Olympics, it should attract young people who don’t usually follow traditional sports.”
I always say Derby College was such a big thing for me. I gained a lot more from going there than I would have done going anywhere else. Broomfield is where I learnt about my body and that’s where the big transformation came. I learnt how to calorie count, manage fitness levels and how to train elite athletes. I’ve managed to apply it to myself and it’s helped me a lot.
Derby College helped me to go from amateur to ‘professional’.