Last year we launched our Total Computers Scholarship Programme with British Cycling with the aim of increasing diversity in cycling. Just one year in and we’re already achieving great things!
The two-year programme gave 18 individuals the opportunity to work closely with British Cycling’s performance staff and Education team to broaden their understanding of cycling and further their personal development. The programme has given our scholars some unique opportunities at major events as they work alongside a community of people passionate about the sport.
Meg Chard was selected for the 2022 cohort to accelerate her already impressive development. Reflecting on her time on the programme Meg said,
“I have loved being part of the Total Computers Scholarship Programme so far. It has enabled me to further my coaching career in addition to meeting some amazing people who have become some of my closest friends. The scholarship provides me with not only opportunities to develop as a coach, but also the support and encouragement to really pursue all my goals and believe in myself – like they believe in me.”
Junaid Ibrahim, teacher, and co-founder of Brothers on Bikes, also joined as a scholar in 2022. Reflecting on his journey so far, Junaid said,
“From the induction back in January in Manchester, things have been World Class. Back in 2015, I helped create a club called Brothers on Bikes. To this day, the club continues to introduce cycling, attracting predominantly the Muslim community across the country. The network has grown to well over a thousand riders, increasing the health potential for generations to come.”
British Cycling is determined to widen access to coaching opportunities and help make the nation’s coaching workforce more diverse. Our scholarship aims to provide people from underrepresented groups with a funded and supported route towards rousing and encouraging others’ participation in cycling.
Working together we can grow communities and inspire the next generation - we're proud and honoured to play our part in this important and progressive initiative.