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RIBBLE rechrg Coaching Assistant @ Derby College Cycling Academy

The RIBBLE rechrg Performance Academy Coaching Assistant programme is designed specifically for 18-year-olds in their third year of further education. This course is designed around the planning, preparation and delivery on the RIBBLE rechrg Cycling Academy.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Sport
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Broomfield Hall
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: N
Broomfield Hall

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Course Information for Students

The RIBBLE rechrg Performance Academy Coaching Assistant programme is designed specifically for 18-year-olds in their third year of further education. This course is designed around the planning, preparation and delivery on the RIBBLE rechrg Cycling Academy.

Our partnership with the RIBBLE rechrg Academy enables students to benefit from the expertise of highly qualified and respected coaches in a variety of cycling disciplines to improve their own coaching. The coaching assistant role is varied, so the course will develop skills in communication, promotion and marketing, coaching fundamentals, organisation, resource development, equipment management, fitness principles and designing or leading group rides. 

You will need to be a competent cyclist with a strong understanding of the range of disciplines in this field.

Training and curriculum delivery will take place at Derby College Group’s Broomfield Hall site.

Candidates need to be 18 and about to enter their third year in further education.

Applications are welcomed from individuals who regularly participate in cycling and who show a desire and willingness to develop the sporting performance of others. It is beneficial for candidates to have been part of the Derby College Cycling Academy or established teams.

Candidates should have a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*- C) including English Language and Maths, though one resit is available if required.


The Coaching Assistant will learn about:

  • health and safety
  • communication skills
  • promotion and marketing
  • coaching fundamentals
  • resource development
  • equipment management
  • fitness principles
  • designing group rides

This course will be delivered on-site at Broomfield Hall.

There are practical sessions in which you will be expected to take part and others that you are expected to lead.

We encourage learners to bring their own laptop to aid their studies.

Students would be expected to support riders towards competition or training which may take place in the evenings, early mornings or weekends.

You will be expected to maintain an attendance of over 95% throughout the year or your place on the course will be in jeopardy.

You will need to have a uniform that is worn every day in College*. The minimum expectation for the uniform is that you conform with our colour code. Plain black tops of any description are mandatory. DCG-branded uniforms are available for purchase if requested.

You will be limited to what bikes/rollers/kit you can store at Broomfield Hall and it is advised that you have suitable bike insurance. As part of the elite team, you may be required to purchase team kits/frames etc which will be offered at reduced prices.

Team kits consisting of winter training jackets, tops and tights will be offered as part of a subsidised package for riders.

All learners should have a tablet or laptop to aid them with their studies.

There may be additional costs incurred for selected trips or overseas training camps.

*If choosing to study from home you must have a stable Internet connection and suitable environment in which to study, train and progress.

You will be mentored by a coach and will develop a portfolio of activity and evidence for your role as a coaching assistant.

This course does not qualify for UCAS points.

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.

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or or tweet us @Derbycolsport

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Course Information Last Updated On: September 28, 2023 11:08 am