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Some regional development coach correspondence

PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2011 8:46 am
by Colin A
Hope we will receive some news soon. Whether it will be good or bad news i've no idea.

Message Received: Feb 21 2011, 07:01 PM
From: "Jackie Davidson"
To: "isobel smith" , "Sine Munro"
Cc: "Alasdair MacLennan"
Subject: RE: Youth racing

Hi Isobel, We hope to confirm and communicate the geographical coverage of regional support in the next 2 weeks subject to Board approval at the next meeting on Thursday 24 February. Apologies for not responding earlier to you email. Kind regards Jackie

From: isobel smith []
Sent: 20 February 2011 22:36
To: Sine Munro; Jackie Davidson
Cc: alisdair maclennan [alisdair maclennan]
Subject: FW: Youth racing

Hi Folks,
See below.
I did ask about a replacement for Ewan after he resigned and was told post would be filled early 2011.Can you up date me on any progress as the natives up here are asking questions.
Yours Isobel

Message Received: Feb 15 2011, 08:34 AM
From: "Allanach, Colin"
Subject: Youth racing

Youth racing Folks,
Last weekend there were five Ythan youths down at the training in Edinburgh along with Andrew and Stephen Brown from Deeside. They all enjoyed the experience and seeing over 100 kids belting round the circuits was great.
The one thing that was quite obvious is that our District is miles behind the set up down south and it really emphasised how poor we are up here in helping to get kids into racing and developing them. OK I know we have had a few exceptions come through over the years and that will continue. Down south they have some sort of youth race almost every weekend and it really showed. The work that Grampian Tigers is doing is great but there does need to be an outlet to all the work i.e. races! Ythan are trying our best to put on four youth events next year but really we need something every month to keep the kids interested.
From my part and from the other parents who were down there we were bending the ear of anyone who would listen that we need a full time Development Coach based in Aberdeen to help all the local clubs get youths into cycling and develop their skills. This is critical as each club can only do so much and getting into schools for coaching session etc is very difficult for volunteers who work full time.
What we need now is for the District to start championing this as well. I don't know if anyone has been in contact with SC about this recently but we have been told they are "waiting for funding and then have to decide how best to spend it" . Ewan quit so I don't know what happened to the cash that was supposed to be used to pay his wages for last year? We are going to miss the bus here and I can see all the work done on the Ythan QL squad and Grampian Tigers being wasted if there isn't someone around to develop it further.
I'm sorry if there have been discussions with SC in the background but if there has can we have some feedback please.
If the District is at all interested in where the next generation of Aberdeenshire racers are going to come from then it needs to get together and decide how best to tackle it.
Sorry if this was a bit of a ramble but I was really shocked about how much is going on in other areas and how far behind Aberdeenshire is.
Hope you are all well

Colin Allanach

Re: Some regional development coach correspondence

PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:12 am
by Colin A
I got a note from Mark Young and from Isobel that SC are advertising for a regional coach for our area in the next few days.

Thanks to everyone who made a fuss and lobbied SC at every opportunity for this post to be resurrected. Perhaps now we can take the QL to the next level.

We can do our best but to get the message out to all the schools and clubs we really need someone full time in the role.

Re: Some regional development coach correspondence

PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 1:31 pm
by Colin A
Job being advertised here: ... -Officer-0

Wider remit than just our area.