Young Leader: MTB
The course helps develop riding skills as well as personal attributes such as independence, technical skills, confidence, communication, teamwork and enthusiasm.
The Young Leader Award also initiates you into the world of leading groups. You can then help and assist Leaders and their groups with leading rides, setting up games and building skills in others. It is often used as progression from the Go-mtb awards.
The Young Leader Award can be combined with a vocational or applied educational learning process such as ASDAN or individual schools programme to show that you can achieve a good level of ability in specific roles.
For mountain bike leaders, young leaders are invaluable. Helping manage the groups, deal with skills, maintenance and emergencies, the role of the Young Leader is wide, varied and resourceful. Many leaders search out good Young Leaders, as assistants are essential when taking out groups of young people.
Young Leaders are able to support and assist Leaders taking groups out with particular skills in:
- helping to prepare the ride and participants
- checking bikes and equipment before the ride
- running skills games to identify and support participants riding development
- communicate effectively and support participants
- being in the right place at the right time to help the ride run smoothly - finding stopping points and helping with leader positions
- sorting minor maintenance and navigation issues
- helping with incidents and obtaining specialist assistance
- helping to finish and review the ride and put equipment away
- review own contributions to the ride or session
Many of the people attending these courses are using it as part of extra curricular development, or internal school time where the focus is on gaining vocational qualifications.
Before attending a Young Leader course, you should:
- Have at least three months experience of regular riding experience in at least trail terrain. This should be a minimum of 20 rides.
- Have an interest in mountain bike skills.
You may also find it useful to have completed one or more of the Go-mtb Awards prior to your Young Leader course.
To attend this course you should be confident when riding your bike and want to help participants and leaders on rides. You do not need to be super skilled, but you should be happy to ride on local off-road riding.
Many people will have previously completed some of the Go-mtb Awards, although you do not have to have completed these.