Nationwide Cycling Academy Manchester

ABOUT US

NCA are a truly local, community based company.

Founder and Director, Julie Woodruff, was born in Prestwich and has lived in Bury for 49 years. She raised her family in Bury, with her children attending local schools and colleges. Most of NCA’s Instructors, staff and volunteers live in Bury; we are all very proud of our roots and have a commitment to the local area

It is NCA’s remit to employ new recruits and volunteers from the local area. This provides work, training and a sense of belonging.

We are active within the local community, attending Prestwich Carnival and Prestwich Clough Day every year. Presenting bike rides and cycle training for all types of people, from all walks of life. Our activities are inclusive and we have links to several specialist schools.

We also sponsor a number of local youth and ladies teams, providing them with new kit every year.

Bury’s diverse ethnic and cultural community 

NCA have concentrated efforts at grass roots level and are keen to forge lasting links with all groups making up our community in Bury including the Jewish and Asian communities.

In both instances, huge barriers have to be overcome by our Instructors and we have chosen our staff carefully to ensure the success of our current project.

Nationwide Cycling Academy Manchester

Bikeability places delivered in 2017 across Greater Manchester

Nationwide Cycling Academy Bury

cycle maintenance courses delivered at basic, intermediate levels, and Dr Bike

Nationwide Cycling Academy Whitefield

recycled bikes donated to job seekers & apprentices on the BB2W scheme

Nationwide Cycling Academy Whitefield

preloved bikes sales held in 2017

Outwood Countryside Park, Radcliffe

NCA operate a bike recycling scheme which is based at Outwood Park in Radcliffe.

The URBAN CYCLE CENTRE is a CIC, not for profit social enterprise scheme. This project offers volunteering opportunities for people across the Bury area. We are supported by Bury Third Sector Development Agency (B3SDA).

The project provides the opportunity for social engagement, training to learn new skills, progression to finding employment.

Our volunteers are from the Bury area and include:

  • Job seekers who wish to learn new skills and plan to return to work
  • Older, retired people looking for a new hobby
  • Adults with mental health issues, our clients are from ALPHA Hospital

Our volunteers are trained by NCA cycle mechanics and repair donated bikes. Bike sales are held monthly at Outwood, reconditioned bikes are sold at cost to make bikes accessible to those not wishing to make a large financial commitment. The revenue goes towards keeping the scheme alive.

In return, the volunteers gain certificates in cycle maintenance.

In 2015 we gave away 100 bikes to jobseekers as a part of the Bike back to work scheme (BB2W, funded by TFGM).

We also gave Bury Cycle Speedway Club 25 bikes to use for their training sessions and races. The club is located at the Goshen Centre in Bury.

This makes the scheme much more inclusive. Our volunteers also hold bike sales at Manchester Uni and supply students with bikes during fresher’s week for use whilst they study in Manchester. 135 recycled bikes went to students.

The donated children’s bikes are used during our Bikeability training courses, in areas of depravation where children may not have access to one.

Philips Park 

NCA is in the process of applying for £350,000 in funding from Sport England to regenerate the old buildings within Philips Park. Our aim is to reinstate the buildings for use as a visitor centre, education and trail centre. It will house classrooms, a café, bike workshop, retail unit and a new office for our use.

Part of the project entails the building of a BMX track and skills area for coaches to deliver training.

Once the renovation work has been completed, our staff will be able to deliver high quality training courses for new Instructors as well as delivering coaching at the site.

Our project has the full endorsement of Bury Council and the Forestry Commission and we are now ready to submit plans to the planning department.

Until the funding and building work is finalised, we will be located at the Barn Countryside Centre at the park.

Many of our activities are run from the park, including mountain bike courses for Bury College students completing their level two sports certificates.

Work Experience 

NCA has a good relationship with local colleges and every year we offer work experience placements for their Year 2 students. The students work with our team and are aiming to complete a sports coach qualification.

OUR FANTASTIC TEAM

Julie Woodruff

Julie Woodruff

NCA & UCC Director

  • Enhanced DBS
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Child Protection Certificate
  • Health & Safety Certificate
  • Coaching people with disabilities
  • BCF Disability & Inclusion CPD
  • British Cycling Level 2 Coach
  • National Standards Instructor
Kevin

Kevin

Bikeability Team Leader

  • NS Instructor
  • MIAS Cycle Mechanic
  • MIAS MTB Instructor Trainer
  • MIAS MTB Instructor
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Enhanced CRB
  • Child Protection Certificate
  • National Standards Instructor
  • Sky Ride Leader
  • MIAS MTB Trail Leader
  • Member British Cycling
Emma Rose

Emma Rose

NS Instructor, Ride Leader & Learn to Ride Co-ordinator

  • First Aid
  • DBS
Mel

Mel

NS Instructor

  • GP referral Co-ordinator
  • BB2W Co-ordinator
  • First Aid
  • DBS
Steve

Steve

NS Instructor

  • Enhanced CRB
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Child Protection Certificate
  • National Standards Instructor
  • Member of Bury Road Safety Team
Dave

Dave

NS Instructor

  • First Aid Certificate
  • City & Guilds Cycle Mechanic
  • Ride Leader Trainer
  • DBS
Pauline

Pauline

NS Instructor

  • DBS
  • First Aid Certificate
Kathryn

Kathryn

NS Instructor

  • DBS
  • First Aid Certificate
Alex

Alex

Cycle Mechanic

  • CYTECH Level 3
Colin

Colin

NS Instructor

  • DBS
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Cycle Mechanic
Pat

Pat

NS Instructor

  • DBS
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Cytech Cycle Mechanic
John

John

Cycle Speedway Coach

  • British Cycling Level 2 Coach
  • Enhanced CRB
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Member of British Cycling
John

John

NS Instructor

  • Child protection
  • Enhanced DBS
  • First Aid Certificate

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