Cycling coach

Cycling coaches help riders develop their cycling skills.

Potential salary
£20,000 to £30,000
Working hours
36 to 38 variable
  • leadership skills
  • the ability to teach pupils how to do something
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to motivate and manage staff
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

If you're working with younger riders in schools and community groups, you could be:

  • planning fun, engaging coaching activities, sessions and programmes in a safe environment
  • helping riders to improve their riding technique
  • working with riders, schools, community groups and sports organisations to promote the sport

If you're working with riders involved in the competitive side of the sport, you could be:

  • working on developing more advanced riding techniques and tactics
  • designing training programmes
  • supporting riders at races and competitions
  • maintaining records of rider performance
  • advising on how lifestyle choices can affect performance
  • mentoring other coaches
  • working with experts including sports scientists, nutritionists, physiotherapists and programme managers
  • marketing and promoting your coaching services, if you're self-employed
  • combining your coaching with other work to earn money

You could work on a sports field, at a sports arena or at a race track.

You could work for British Cycling as a development coach, introducing people to cycling, or working on talent programmes to support cyclists.

You could work as a coach for a local authority or organisation with an interest in sports development at places like BMX tracks, mountain bike trail centres or indoor cycling tracks.

You could become a self-employed coach and design training programmes for amateur riders.

You could also become a cycle trainer through the Bikeability scheme, teaching young people how to cycle safety on roads. If you work with young people, you could move into sports development or youth work.

With experience, you could transfer your skills and abilities to other areas of the sports industry.

You can find out more about becoming a cycling coach and coaching qualifications from British Cyclingand.

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