THE Kirklees Cycling Academy based at Spen Valley Sports College have celebrated their first anniversary by gaining Clubmark status.
British Cycling confirmed the club has secured the Sport England mark of a high quality for a junior organisation.
This endorsement is a signal that the KCA has the appropriate resources to continue developing in all areas, such as coaching, finance, planning, safety and, importantly, training sessions suitable for all members, social or competitive.
Since opening their doors on February 4 last year, KCA have flourished. Over 80 children have used the club’s facilities, 50 being regular members, and 25 now committed to racing in KCA colours in 2011.
The KCA is open to boys and girls aged eight to 18.
Peter Root, British Cycling’s regional development manager for Yorkshire, said: “This award recognises KCA as being safe, effective and child friendly. The club have developed ideas, resourced equipment and set up regular coaching sessions that are the envy of other organisations.
“As the club moves forward, young members and parents can be confident that the opportunities available to train and compete reflect the very best cycle sport can offer.”
Mirfield racer Jake Womersley (Aire Valley RT) swapped the mud of Cyclo Cross for the boards at Manchester Velodrome and won three out of five races in Group 5 at the Friday Night Track League.
Womersley crossed the line first in the 1km and 40-lap Scratch races, and the unknown distance race.
The Yorkshire Cyclo Cross Winter Series draws to a close on Sunday at Sowerby Bridge Cricket Club with a Madison race. The Yorkshire Cyclo Cross Association annual meeting is at noon.