AGM 24th October 2019
Lichfield Rugby Club commencing at 20.00 hrs
A Social Gathering was held at Lichfield Rugby Club from 19.30
1. Apologies and Attendance
The following sent apologies: Anna Bower, Steve Bradley, Olivia Cooper, Karl Kingston
Attendees were: Ade Hatton, Clare Rhead, Phil Rhead, Martyn Vickers, Matthew Gough, Mike Welburn, Shaun Pyburn, Neil Lawford, John Allen, Richard Barnes, Andrew Dumbill, Andrew Farrow, Paul Timmis, Victoria Webb
2. Adoption of minutes from AGM 2018. These were adopted as read.
3. Review of last year
Shaun provided an overview of the year which included:
• It was good to see success for those who started out in the club e.g. Lewis Askey scoring points in the World Cycling Championships junior race, Graham Truelove World masters track Cycling medals (2nd and 3rd)Also existing members – Clare Rhead making the British Cycling Zwift eRacing Championships finalists
• New club kit portal – the new kit from Provision has been well received and the portal will open periodically through the year to enable members to order the new kit. There is still a stock of older kit for anyone interested contact Neil Lawford.
• We continue to support junior development feeding into other local clubs like Cycle Division
• It was good to see a good showing of Lichfield kit at some of the big rides like the Velo. We sent a team to Ride London which included one member completing his first 100 mile ride.
• The Reliability ride introduced this year was an overwhelming success. 130 participants and £300 raised for St Giles. Anna was a big help with collecting money / registration
• The 3 Friday evening races at Curborough were well attended at a time when other clubs are seeing race entries dropping. Keeping the cost low was one factor.
• 8 members completed First Aid training
4. Treasurers report
The following was presented by the treasurer. The right hand column should read 2018.
5. Secretary’s report
There was no additional report from the secretary.
6. Coaches report.
The 2019 Lichfield Cycling Club AGM – Coaching report was given by Richard Barnes, the Coach Co-ordinator
Firstly, a huge thank you to all the coaches that have given their time and expertise to enable the club to carry out coaching sessions. As always, the club could do with more coaches to spread the workload but unfortunately no new coaches have come forward this year.
2019 saw a large batch of riders move on from LCCC coaching due to their age. This had a large impact on rider numbers for Tuesday nights at Curborough which has struggled for numbers throughout the year. In contrast to this, the younger rider numbers on a Thursday have been consistently high which is positive for next year as we look at moving younger riders across to Tuesdays and rebuilding this session. It is intended to invite experienced and disciplined younger riders across to the Tuesday session.
One Adult coaching session took place at Curborough and was a great success. We look forward to adding this to a full Friday evening programme for 2020 with a view to holding 3 or 4 adult sessions along with some women’s only sessions.
Other than a couple of minor accidents all sessions have taken place without incident, and without any safeguarding issues. A group or 8 club members undertook a first aid course earlier in the year which included coaches with expiring qualifications. We will look at providing the same early next year for other coaches and members who need to update.
Cyclocross sessions are continuing this year at the Rugby Club and are being well supported. The club has not carried out any coaching in 2019 for Track or Mountain biking.
Options for developing coaching still remain with British Cycling and I am in touch with Andy Riley who is our regional contact. He has expressed continued interest in supplying coaches for women’s coaching and also setting up Curborough as a development centre, which would help rebuild rider levels on a Tuesday plus supply cross club and BC coaches to support this. Andy is still relatively new to his position and is working through implementing support across his region. Aims for next year:
• Supporting young riders to get racing. Free entry offered to all entrants at Curborough events who’s parent/guardian marshal at the event. • Introduce the parents to racing. Educate new parents to cycling the ins and outs of preparing their child for racing. Gearing, bike setup, race entry and age group information. • Full calendar of Friday night sessions for family, adult and women only groups. • Recruit more coaches and build stronger relationships with BC for coaching support. • Re-establish the Tuesday rider numbers.
7. Election of officers.
Chairman – Vacant
Co Chair / Shaun Pyburn
Treasurer: Neil Lawford
Minutes secretary Vacant
Membership secretary Olivia Cooper
Web master: Paul Timmis
Ordinary members: Victoria Webb, Ade Hatton, Martyn Vickers, Clare / Phil Rhead, John Allen, Anna Bower.
Youth Representatives Vacant at present but ideas to be presented at next committee meeting
8. Club Development – What should we do in 2020
The following ideas were discussed:
• Develop Friday Night at Curborough. It is a fantastic venue and we should make the most of it. Family nights – Beer and barbeque, Pre-race previews for new riders / women riders, women’s coaching, Time Trials. It would be worth looking to advertise this as open to non members for £2 / evening. We have 22 weeks booked for 2020 after the clocks go forward; starts at 6:30 to 7:30
• The Strava Hill climb was a good idea but probably at the wrong time. It was suggested trying it earlier in the season
• It was key to get an agreed schedule of dates for club events that was well publicised. Saturday kids races proposed (28/3, 25/4, 23/5, 20/6 a.m., 4/7). Friday races 29/5, 26/6 10/7.
• We should overstretch ourselves, keep things simple and do them well.
• Zipfit are stopping selling nutrition products and clothing so we are uncertain about ongoing sponsorship. However it was agreed that we had done well out of the deal and should be happy to sport the Zipfit logo on our kit for the foreseeable future. Neil is expecting to receive some Zipfit clothing soon that can be shared with members.
• The following were considered:
o A hill climb event for September / October at a local venue coinciding with British Hill Climbing championships.
o An off road / gravel Club ride on Cannock Chase
o A family Christmas ride for Christmas 2020
• Committee meetings are open to all, but only those elected can vote. The meetings will be held every other month in the Duke of York in Lichfield at 8pm on first Monday of every other month starting 2nd December.
Lichfield City Cycling Club
• It was suggested that on intervening months a social evening also at the Duke of York would be trialled.