Aspiring Cycling Coach Awarded University Scholarship

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An aspiring cycling coach from Tewkesbury has been awarded a University scholarship to help her continue coaching the region’s youngsters.

Sophie Wright, a first year Sports Coaching Science with Disability Sport student at the University of Worcester, currently assists in coaching cycling proficiency at after school clubs for both primary and secondary age children as part of Winchcombe Cycle Club.

She has been awarded financial assistance by the University’s Scholarship Panel, which awards students scholarships to help fund extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, sport or music.

Sophie explains: “I have always been a keen cyclist myself, although not very competitive. I do take part in time trials, but mainly only to try to beat my own personal best. One of my greatest achievements is completing a 1,300 mile bike ride to raise money for Cancer Research in 2013.

“I first got involved in coaching with Winchcombe Cycle Club in September 2014, and I’m currently working towards my Level 2 in Cycle Coaching, which I should complete in May this year.

“My ambition is to work as a cycle coach, making cycling accessible to everyone, which is why I elected to study Sports Coaching Science with Disability Sport.”

The degree – believed to be the first in the country dedicated to producing experts in disability sport and fitness – allows students to develop their practical skills and theoretical knowledge working alongside disabled athletes.

The University Scholarship will allow Sophie to continue commuting to various schools, and provide her with sufficient insurance to coach children, helping her collect more of what she regards as ‘valuable’ coaching experience.