Following the success of the first season of Sprint School, the DHL sponsored schools will be returning to Newport for a second year. As well as gaining confidence and invaluable tips, techniques and advice over last season's schools, many of the youngsters have gone on to compete at the Revolution events as Future Stars and several have been selected to join the prestigious talent team.
The addition of three more Track Leagues – Carmarthen, Herne Hill, West Riding – will allow an even wider selection of young cyclists to come from across the UK to the DHL Sprint Schools at the Newport Velodrome in 2008 to meet the Stars and train with the Talent Team coaches. The list now of 18 track leagues sending in nominations also includes: Brighton, Bristol, Calshot, Cardiff, Dundee, Edinburgh, Forest Town, Halesowen, Kirkby, Manchester ACT, Manchester Friday, Newcastle-under-lyme, Newport, Reading, Scunthorpe, Solihull, Welwyn and Wolverhampton.
British Cycling's Talent Team Development Coach, Tim Buckle will be taking over the reins from Gary Coltman and has put together a programme which includes 200m time trials, match sprinting and Keirin racing. The schools aim to teach youngsters the skills and techniques they'll need to progress as track sprinters in a fun and enjoyable environment while mixing track time with class room sessions and the ever popular off bike games.
The Schools will take place between February and September: 29th February, 4th April, 30th May, 13th June, 18th July and 5th September and will culminate with a Sprint School competition at Future Revolution in the Autumn.
For more information, visit www.sprintschool.com and www.futurerevolution.co.uk