Children and Young People


Aged 8 to 18? Then read on…….

RDFCC welcomes young riders of all disciplines. We can offer opportunities to ride for sport or fun and support you in your cycling journey. Full details are below but many of the competitions and events we host are open to younger riders and you may be able to join in with some club rides.

At the moment we are not offering any basic skills coaching to younger riders, Little Fodders MTB Club are doing an excellent job of that, but we are keen to help local riders progress further when they are ready. You don’t normally have to be a club member to have a go and can attend 2 activities before deciding to join the club formally or not.

Please check the website calendar or facebook page for the date of the next event and ask for more information if you need it.

You MUST contact the person named for that activity before attending and we may need a consent form to be completed.


British cycling Go-ride accreditation

RDFCC is a Go-Ride accredited club. This award comes from the national governing body of cycling, British Cycling, in conjunction with Sport England’s Clubmark scheme. This acknowledges the work we do for young people in the club and the way in which we do it.

We can offer a safe and supportive environment for young people to take part in cycling and can help develop their skills within approved national systems. We are fully inclusive and aim to give all young people the opportunity to enjoy the sport regardless of background. As long as you have the basics of riding a bike we can offer activities and support to help you improve and have fun. Our key volunteers are all DBS checked and trained to national standards for the roles that do. Youth specific activity leaders hold leadership and coaching qualifications and are trained first aiders. We have a qualified welfare officer who can offer pastoral support if needed.

RDFCC Young MTB Rider of the Year

Every Year young club members have the opportunity to gain fame, respect and possibly fortune by winning the club’s Tim Watson Memorial shield. The winner is based on the number of club events attended and the results achieved. Your name goes on the shield which you can keep for a year and you also get a club shirt and goody bag to keep.

Free British Cycling membership for young club members

Young members of RDFCC are able to claim their first year’s membership with British Cycling for free. This special offer now includes posters and stickers as well as all the standard benefits of BC membership such as exclusive deals and retailer discounts. For full details look at the BC website or contact Dan Lewis

RDFCC Community Partners. 

We are lucky to have the support of other organisations in the Forest of Dean in our aim to make cycling accessible to all. It’s impossible to list everybody involved but particular thanks, in no particular order, must go to:

Dean Forest Cycles, Parkend, for acting as host to our fortnightly youth MTB rides and supplying hire bikes and after ride goodies
Coleford Area Partnership for a volunteer training grant helping us to have qualified ride leaders and first aiders.
Forestry Commission for allowing use of the Sallow Vallets area for our XC competitions.
The Fountain Inn, Parkend, for their meeting room and Sunday morning car parking.

Other clubs and organisations

If we are aware of any other local events that may be suitable, or if you can suggest any, we will try to get them up on our calendar and support club members where we can in them. Please email our website / social media manager, Sarah.