The course helps develop riding skills as well as personal atributes such as independence, technical skills, confidence, communication, teamwork and enthusiasm.
The Young Leader Award also initiates you into the world of leading groups. You may go on to help Leaders and their groups with leading rides, setting up games and building skills in others.
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.
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.