The latest DHL Sprint School series starts this Friday in Newport, South Wales. The initiative, now in its third year, aims to develop young track cyclists in a warm and inclusive atmosphere, using top Olympic, world and national champions as coaches.
The series, now in its third season, will be split over two venues – Newport and Manchester – and eight events. Great Britain coaches Tim Buckle and Geoff Cooke will help teach the 12 to 15-year-olds the skills needed for the highly tactical and physical discipline of track cycling.
The first two Sprint School events will take place at Newport Velodrome. Friday's event will feature new Great Britain riders Christian Lyte and Helen Scott. Helen is a new face in British Cycling's Olympic Development Programme. The 18-year-old from Birmingham has personal bests of 11.9 seconds and 36.1 seconds for 200m and 500m respectively.
"I'm really excited to take part in the Sprint School. It's always great to see kids enjoy the sport because that's exactly how it started off for me, and I can't wait to not only help them with a few things but to also learn from them too," she said.
Sprint School coach Tim Buckle said new coaching methods would be used, such as video feedback. He said: "2009 will have a bit of the same, but we'll also try some things a bit different. Bring it on, I can't wait!"
For more information on the DHL Sprint School, please visit www.sprintschool.com.
- March 6: Newport
- March 13: Newport
- April 17: Manchester
- April 24: Manchester
- June 26: Newport
- July 17: Manchester
- August 7: Manchester
- August 14: Newport