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

Adults and children taught how to ride a bike with Learn2Ride

Nationwide Cycling Academy Prestwich

Children taught how to ride a bike as part of Bikeability

Nationwide Cycling Academy Whitefield

Cycle maintenance courses delivered to TfGM in 2016

Nationwide Cycling Academy Bury

Bikes given to job seekers in 2015

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
Helen

Helen

Inclusion coach and NS Instructor

  • Enhanced DBS
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Child Protection Certificate
  • Shepherding & Snaking Cert
  • National Standards Instructor
  • MTB Trail Leader
  • Disability & Inclusion Coach
  • Sky Ride Leader
  • GNVQ 2 Playwork Leader
  • Inclusion Play Leader
Jenna

Jenna

NS Instructor, MTB Instructor and Cycle Camp Coach

  • Enhanced DBS
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Health & Safety Certificate Shepherding & Snaking Cert
  • National Standards Instructor
  • SMBA MTB Trail Leader
  • NW DH Champion 2012
  • English DH Champion 2013
  • Trainee Paramedic
Bex

Bex

MTB Instructor and Cycle Camp Coach

  • Enhanced DBS
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Child Protection Certificate
  • MIAS MTB Instructor
  • NW Ladies DH Champion
  • Trainee Civil Engineer

Bex is also currently ranked 7th in the World as an Enduro athlete.

Oliver

Oliver

NS Instructor

  • Enhanced DBS
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Child Protection Certificate
  • Shepherding & Snaking Cert
  • National Standards Instructor
  • Level 2 Sports Coach
Greg

Greg

NS Instructor and PCGS Teacher

  • Enhanced DBS
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Child Protection Certificate
  • Shepherding & Snaking Cert
  • National Standards Instructor
  • Sky Ride Leader
  • Member British Cycling
  • Trainee Teacher
Flo

Flo

NS Instructor

  • Enhanced DBS
  • First Aid Certificate
  • National Standards Instructor
Kevin

Kevin

Team Leader

  • Enhanced DBS
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Child Protection Certificate Health & Safety Certificate
  • Shepherding & Snaking Cert
  • National Standards Instructor
  • Sky Ride Leader
  • MIAS MTB Trail Leader
Steve

Steve

MTB Project Manager

  • Enhanced DBS
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Child Protection Certificate
  • BCF MTB Instructor
  • BCF Commissionaire
  • National Standards Instructor
Tom

Tom

NS Instructor / Cycle Speedway Coach/Competitor

  • Enhanced DBS
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Child Protection Certificate
  • Shepherding & Snaking Certificate
  • National Standards Instructor
  • Cycle Speedway Coach
  • Pedal Car Competitor
Will

Will

Work Experience Student

  •  Enhanced DBS
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Cycle Speedway Rider
Sam

Sam

NS Instructor and Technician

  •  Enhanced DBS
  • First Aid Certificate
  • CYTECH Technician
  • National Standards Instructor
Martin

Martin

Workshop Co-ordinator

  •  Enhanced DBS
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Health & Safety Certificate
  • Child Protection Certificate
  • Technician
  • MIAS MTB Instructor
  • National Standards Instructor
Clare

Clare

Volunteer Co-ordinator

  • Enhanced DBS
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Health & Safety Certificate
  • National Standards Instructor
Louise

Louise

Administrator

  • Enhanced DBS
  • First Aid Certificate
Andy

Andy

Logistics

  • Enhanced DBS
  • Child Protection Certificate

WHO WE WORK WITH

“Our daughter wasn’t very confident with riding her bike and after talking to Emma, she pointed out that the bike she had wasn’t very good for learning on, so lent her a bike an within 20 minutes she was cycling around, stopping and steering without any issues and she was enjoying it, her confidence has grown so much, Emma was fantastic and full of facts and tips for us to use when we go out on our own, we have booked for another 1 to 1 session which Erin can’t wait to go to, absolutely fantastic. Thank you Emma”

Erin’s Mum

Learn to ride with the Nationwide Cycling Academy Manchester

BOOK YOUR LEARN2RIDE COURSE

From young children to the over 60s anyone can learn to ride. Last year Emma trained 263 new cyclists all by herself, with 234 learning within the first hour. Anyone can do it and it's never too late to start.

Nationwide Cycling Academy Kids Summer Camp Manchester

BOOK YOUR SUMMER CYCLE CAMP 2018

Each day consists of cycling activities designed to build confidence, enhance cycling skills and increase riders’ cycling all round abilities. Get more from your cycling at our 2018 Summer Camp!

Mountain Bike Courses with the Nationwide Cycling Academy Manchester

BOOK YOUR MOUNTAIN BIKING COURSE

Courses are available to book as one off taster sessions, a series of progressive sessions or as part of a GCSE module. We also provide women specific sessions led by a female Instructor.