Coach Cycle puts coaching in your hands – the coaches will come to you, to fit in with your life, rather than you having to be somewhere at a certain time Roger Black, double Olympic medallist and co-founder of Coach Cycle A team of entrepreneurs – including double Olympic medallist Roger Black – has launched a new online service that will help connect members of the public with sports coaches. Called Coach Cycle, the new service will aim to make sports coaching more accessible by offering an online database of coaches across 30 different sports.
really puts coaching in your hands. The
seven years old, I signed a pair of running
coaches will come to you, to fit in with
spikes for him! So there was a personal
your life, rather than you having to go
somewhere at a certain time. It will be particularly useful for
athlete but, after hearing his concept,
those who want to try a sport, but
I became interested – partly as I could
might be intimidated by facing a club
see the benefits of the service from a
environment for the first time.
How did the idea come about?
time Ryan contacted me, we’d been trying
It was (co-founder) Ryan McCarthy’s idea
out table tennis. I wanted to get a table
and he’s the main person behind the
tennis coach to pop in and offer the twins
venture. As a coach, he realised that you
the occasional one-on-one session.
I have 12-year-old twin boys and at the
Roger Black won two silver medals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games
He wanted my opinion as a former
What is Coach Cycle?
live on your reputation – and most of that
We describe it as the ‘Uber for sports
comes through word of mouth.
What I discovered was that the only way to get some coaching was to contact a local club and then attend whichever
coaches’. Coach Cycle will offer an online
He wanted coaches to become more
database of coaches. People will be able
accessible. His idea was that if someone,
night they had training on – so you
to search for coaches and coaching
whether an individual or a team, wanted a
wouldn’t have a choice regarding timing
businesses via a map directory, while
coach, they should be able to just go online
or place. So from a parent point of view I
coaches can upload their certificates
and find one near them. As that service
saw that there was a problem that Coach
and experience onto a public profile,
didn’t exist, he decided to create it.
Cycle might be able to solve.
How did you get involved?
in Coach Cycle is that it can give
to go to find a sports coach, other than
Ryan came to me for a bit of advice. He
opportunities to retiring athletes. I was
contacting local sports clubs. Coach Cycle
lives locally and apparently when he was
very fortunate myself, because when I
Another aspect that got me interested
advertising their services in their area. There currently isn’t any obvious place
Issue 3 2018