Inspiring future generations 

Ilkeston Youth Academy is fun and inclusive, offering structured coaching ages cater for all abilities. 

Our mission is to build on a successful youth academy centered around fun, learning & improving. This, together with encouraging more kids to enter and remain in our sport from different backgrounds & abilities. Within the next decade we will see one or more of our young cyclists reach the highest levels in competitive cycling. 

The youth academy is open to all riders from 5 years through to 18 years and no prior experience is required.
If you’ve got a young person that’s interested in bikes, we’re here to help!

Youth Academy Dates

We’re back at Ruland Sports Park with our fun Coached Sessions on Saturdays from 12:00 to 1:00pm. These are hel don the all weather running track.
(Note: this is CX season so the dates are set to miss the NDCXL races so do not follow the usual every other week)

2nd, 9th & 23rd September

7th, 14th & 28th October (Rutland Park Running Track)

11th & 25th November (Rutland Park Running Track)

9th December (Rutland Park Running Track)

23rd December is our Infamous Xmas Group Ride 

Monday Night Rollers & Circuits

Our Monday night Roller sessions are back but this year we’ve made some exciting changes.

Our new venue is Derby Arena and we’re alternating the Rollers with Circuit Training by qualified Strength & Conditioning Coaches from the Derbyshire Institure of Sport 

  • 23 rd October – Rollers
  • 30 th October – Halloween Ride
  • 6 th November – Circuits
  • 13 th November – Rollers
  • 20 th November – Circuits
  • 27 th November – Rollers
  • 4 th December – Circuits
  • 11 th December – Rollers
  • 18 th of December – Circuits

Begineers are welcome to the roller sessions we’ll get you up and rolling in no time (you need to bring bike and rollers)

Frequently asked questions

Can parents get involved?


We have trained coaches present at all Youth Academy sessions but we always welcome some extra support from parents.

Encouragement drives results!

Where and when do you meet?

Our sessions are typically run every other Saturday throughout the year 11:00-12:30pm at the Kirk Hallam Sports Centre Redgra area.

There are also weekly family rides each and every Monday evening, meeting at the Pewit Club house car park on West End Drive, Ilkeston for prompt 18:30 start.

Ride duration is around 60-90 mins and various paces depending on ability. 

How much does it cost?

Membership is just £6 per child for the calendar year (Jan-Dec)

Youth training sessions are £3 each and payable on the night
The Youth Academy family ride is available at no additional cost to all and is included in their membership.

What equipment do I need?

A serviced bike in good working order.

Gravel, mountain or CX bikes are ideal for the sessions, but in dryer weather a road bike is also okay but we’d recommend grippier tyres.

Lights/reflectors highly recommended for evening rides where rides may extend into dusk.

A well fitting helmet and repair kit ideally containing a spare inner tube & tyre levers to fit the tyres on the bike and a drink / snack. 

We’d recommend cycling specific clothing however this is absolutely not required (albeit, they will look the part in ‘ilson kit!)

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