Donegal's AAA (Triple A) Cycling was Ireland's fastest growing club last year.
The "Advanced Athletes Academy" was set up with the specific aim of helping young talented cyclists to achieve their full potential in the sport by means of mentoring by the Academy's experienced senior cyclists. The Academy's formula for advancement has resulted in their young riders achieving considerable success in the last twelve months including National titles.
However, less well known but of arguably more importance is the work undertaken by the Academy to actively encourage young people with no previous experience of cycling to take up the sport.
In 2015, with the fantastic help of the Academy's sponsors including Sioen Ireland, Kelly & Co. Accountants, Cope Cycles, the Cope Community Trust, Gineadoiri Gaoithe Teo and McFadden’s Garage the Academy purchased 10 new road bikes for the exclusive use of those youths who took part in the club’s youth training programme. This training programme proved extremely popular with up to 60 children taking part in weekly training sessions.
AAA are pleased to announce the return of their Youth Training Programme for 2016 with registration and the first session to take place on Monday 4th April from 5pm in the Gweedore Industrial Estate.
The programme for 2016 is open to any children who wish to get involved in Cycling and may want to progress onto the Academy's mentoring programme for Road Racing. The sessions will focus on Road Safety Awareness, riding safely in groups, riding on the road (10 yrs plus) and bike care and maintenance.
Coaching and supervision will be provided by the Academy's Head of Coaching Peter McBride, Peter is a vastly experienced A1 rider, a certified coach and currently the Manager of Cycling Ulster's Junior squad. Peter will be ably assisted by Conor McIlwaine, who is an A1 rider and a top under 23 rider who has represented Ireland internationally. AAA is also proud to welcome their newest recruit to the Academy, the former Irish National Senior Champion Jim McGuire. As a familiar face on the Irish Racing Scene and a founding member of the Cycling Ulster Youth Academy Jim has a reputation for excellence and has been extremely helpful to youth cyclists throughout Ulster and Ireland and will be regularly on hand to offer advice and encouragement.
His experience of racing at the highest level is something that AAA will be looking to call upon! Jim splits his time these days between his home in Saintfield, Co.Down and his other home here in Burtonport where he is a familiar figure to those from the Rosses and Gweedore.
The training sessions are great fun and offer children a fantastic opportunity to get involved in Cycling under the expert guidance of the Academy's personnel.
If your child is interested in taking part please contact Con McGeever on 087 3345094 or pm him on the Academy's Facebook page AAA Cycling Team - Triple A.