Paul O’Looney, Founder and Secretary, Ilkley Cycling Club
One of 8 presentations at
Sustainable Community Sport – New Challenges, New Opportunities
How community sports providers are meeting the challenges and benefiting from
new opportunities created by changes in people’s lives and the economic situation
The second one-day event 16th April
The Hawthorns, West Bromwich Albion FC
Real stories and successes to be told, lessons to be learnt, ideas and experiences to be shared
Ilkley Cycling Club is one of the largest cycling clubs in the UK, and per-capita for the size of the town is likely to be one of the largest in the world. This is even more remarkable when just two years ago the club was non-existent, or at least just a fading 60 year-old memory from an older club that had flourished and then died in the nineteen-fifties.
Stephen Roche, 1987 Tour de France winner rode out with the club and described its resurrection as a “fairytale come true”.
So what aided this remarkable success? The Olympics and “Wiggins Effect” has of coursed helped fuel the growth, but the club from the very outset has been architected with sustainability in mind. From its completely paperless electronic administration, using online Social Media and other internet-based standards, to a financial model and collaboration with business to achieve benefits for all, it has used modern methods to create a successful community club.
But undermining all of these, and at the very core of the club is a strong ethos, that is clear to all and stripes across all of the activities. Paul will talk through the key factors that have made the club so successful, and leave you with messages and ideas of what you can differently in your club’s development