The Jersey Cycling Association has created the Youth Academy to promote the benefits of competitive cycling for children under the age of 18 in Jersey across all cycling disciplines. There is no minimum age limit, but the child must be able to ride a bike safely on their own over a respectable distance...as a rough guide children aged 6 are the minimum age acceptable and one lap of the Le Quennevais track is a good guide.
The Academy will do all it can to facilitate children entering the sport including lending bikes for a limited period, providing basic coaching, guidance on bike maintenance and riding a bike safely. Safety is the first priority and helmets must be worn at all organised events... it is regarded as good practice to wear helmets whenever riding and parents are encouraged to set an example in this area.
Participants and parents should note that whilst the Academy will do all it can to protect those competing. accidents may occur and in such cases the club cannot accept responsibility for the child’s welfare.
The Academy will be guided by the Britsh Cycling (BC) code of conduct and procedures for the protection and welfare of children. Organisers and helpers will have submitted criminal record bureau checks and completed the Child Protection Service course in safeguarding and protecting children from abuse. A number of organisers and helpers will hold BC coaching qualifications