Chairman's update May 2021

After the latest WWCC committee meeting I thought I would update everyone on what’s happening right now with some of our plans.

Firstly I’m pleased to say that the club membership has been growing month on month and our finances are heading in the right direction. We now have an agreement in place with the West Midlands regional board that the cost of suppling the chip timing service will be met by the board in order to facilitate the rapid delivery of the service for road races in our region. Matt Cullis has been making good headway with the 2 counties road race so should be hearing something very soon with regard to the course and date. The TT’s have now started with the WW club and Racing club sharing the events which has helped a great deal. Mark Primmer will be hoping to put TT’s on at the track in due course subject to the lifting of Covid restrictions.

Shaun Mason has advised that the club during April put on 29 sessions at the track with 300 participating. Our plan is also to increase the coaching staff as we are short at the moment with the expected demand ahead although right now we have 5 new coaches undergoing training with 2 & 3 more to follow. It’s a bold new plan to bring the team up to 24, so if any coaches out there not affiliated with a club or former coaches wanting to get involved again please contact Shaun.

The club is actively looking to recruit more help at the track generally. Ros our clothing secretary tells me two orders are in with Pro-vision and a third order will go in with the portal closing within the next days. We do intend to stock a limited number of jerseys for children only, so that as they join the club they can obtain the jersey rather than having to wait for the ordering process online, which takes quite a while due to kit being made in Italy. Natalie in liaison with Ros has a few items of old stock available that can be purchased at the track as we look to sell off the last few items at reduced prices. Remember the new kit is the official kit registered for this years racing and beyond, although the youngsters can still race in the old kit as we don’t think that will cause any problem for now.

Finally with the commonwealth games TT being held in Wolverhampton next June, I have been in touch with The Mayors office & MP’s, with a very good meeting with Stuart Anderson who will be supporting the city & club doing as much as he can to promote both and hopefully we may get a club mention at Prime ministers questions in due course. I have informed them all in detail about the history of the Wheelers and that we are the go to voice of cycling in the city for all media including press, TV & radio etc. Also I have registered with the commonwealth games committee to keep informed on events looking for opportunities for us to get involved where we can. I have also Invited Cycling Weekly and Cycling plus magazine to the city during the games and will be looking to put on a large event near to the date in due course. Much more will come out in time.

As you can see we are looking at our objectives, clear goals, who we are targeting & opportunities in order to create a schedule leading up to the games, so we are building our membership, our events, our coaching plans and our PR, so please support and help the club as we hopefully come through Covid and into the months ahead for an exciting 2022.

Along with Dave Brookes, Shaun Mason, Chris James, Mark Primmer and Robin Kyte and an opportunity for anyone else wanting to get involved, we will be planning behind the scenes to make sure we can take advantage of a great global games ahead and will be reaching out to a lot of people and organisations in the coming months in order to continue promoting not only the club but cycling and the City for everyone since 1891.

Gary Burke.
Club Chairman.