Adrenaline Alley looking for cycling instructors

Adrenaline Alley in Corby is hoping to recruit people to train as cycling instructors after a surge in interest in the pastime. Sir Chris Hoy visited the venue earlier this year
Adrenaline Alley in Corby is hoping to recruit people to train as cycling instructors after a surge in interest in the pastime. Sir Chris Hoy visited the venue earlier this year
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Adrenaline Alley in Corby is hoping to recruit people to train as cycling instructors after a surge in interest in the pastime.

The urban sports complex in Priors Haw Road wants to employ up to six additional instructors to cope with the demand by town schools for Bikeability courses.

Phil Chard, community engagement manager at the indoor performance centre, said: “With the growth of cycling due to successes on the track and in the Tour de France by British teams and individuals, more and more people are taking up cycling, both as a sport and as a family pursuit. Bikeability is designed to teach primary school children to ride safely on the road and give them the skills to deal with the traffic and road scenarios that we, as adults, take for granted.

“However, the quality of bikes that we see as instructors and the level of maintenance generally is seriously putting children at risk.

“As part of the Bikeability course, we teach trainees about basic bike checks and maintenance and what to look out for before they even step on to their bikes, prevention being better than cure.”

Adrenaline Alley works in partnership with Northamptonshire Highways Agency to deliver the Bikeability programme, which is funded by the Government.

Mr Chard said: “We are struggling to find people who are cyclists, are interested in cycling or are willing to train as instructors to support the delivery of our courses.

“The positions could involve up to 20 hours work a week and the main requirement is that people are cyclists and interested in cycling.

“We would train them as instructors during a four-day course.”

Anyone interested in training to be a cycling instructor is asked to contact Mr Chard at Adrenaline Alley by calling 01536 202049 or 07545 301553 for more details.