The Fun Cycle Club is an after school club organised and supervised by volunteers. The club started in 2007 and was introduced Alan Grant and supervised by Brian Wright [2007-2012] Brian’s experience as a senior coach developed the club from one evening a week, involving 18 pupils of the school, to two evenings a week involving 45 pupils. The sessions were designed to improve the children’s cycling skills while having fun. The inclusion of basic maintenance courses helped the children become self- sufficient in looking after their bikes.
In 2010 the school received funding to install a cycle circuit within the school grounds. The circuit is circa 340m [1/5 of a mile] in length and is a secure and safe environment for the young cyclists.
In the Autumn of 2011 Field End Junior School was awarded the BEACON AWARD by TfL.
Field End Junior School has been awarded the Beacon Award for cycling. Beacon school status is a new award for the STAR Accreditation scheme and is awarded to schools which display excellence linked to the school travel plan in either walking, cycling or road safety. From time to time beacon status can also be awarded if a school demonstrates outstanding work in another area linked to the school travel plan such as independent travel or transitional work. Beacon schools are recognised at a regional level and are selected through a nomination process by Transport for London. Transport for London will normally select one outstanding walking, cycling and road safety beacon school for each region.
More pupils wanted to join the cycling club which resulted in a third day being added to the sessions. In September 2012 the following programme was introduced to ensure a sound structure for the development of cycling skills:
Thursday sessions are designed for improving basic cycling skills and the Bronze Award is given to those children who pass the various tasks.
Wednesday sessions [Silver Award ] involve puncture repairs, putting chains back onto the cogs and advanced riding skills.
Tuesday sessions [Gold Award] teach members to take off and safely replace front and rear wheels Level 1 BikeAbility activities and taking part in an outside event.
Tuesday sessions [Circuit Award ] involves racing techniques using school road bikes under the instruction of a British Cycling Level2 coach who has racing experience.
Each day’s session is limited to 30 members.
The mayor of London [Boris Johnson] visited the school as part of the LBoH’s Sky Ride launch on May 4th 2011. He spent an hour with the children learning how to mend a puncture and riding on the circuit. The occasion was covered by the national press, TV and radio stations.
The school’s cyclists have been invited to various prestigious events including the Ride London Sponsor Announcement Launch in London 7th February 2013 with Laura Trott and Boris Johnson, The launch of Ride London at London’s St Pauls Church Yard 13th May 2013 with Martin Johnson and the launch of the opening of the Velo Park on the site of the Olympic Park Stratford 12 March 2014. All events covered by the national media.
The school also runs a Women’s Club on a Thursday morning for parents and carers of the pupils.
The school hosts various inter schools’ events each year involving Special Schools, Field End Infant School and Warrender School. These occasions are hosted by the cycle club members and supervised by the coaching team. The FCC is affiliated to British Cycling and the coaching team members are either BC level 1 or 2 accredited coaches who give their time without payment.
The Field End Flyers Community Cycle Club has sessions for primary aged children from the community. Its sessions take place on a Saturday morning during term time. Sessions for non riders start at 0900hrs and finish at 1000hrs. The riders’ session starts at 1000hrs until 1230hrs. If you are interested in either session contact the club via email@example.com The coaching team members are accredited British Cycling coaches who give their time without payment.