CONGRATULATIONS to ALL our VOLUNTEERS!!!!!
The Wolverhampton Wheelers Cycling Club have been awarded The Queens Award for Voluntary Service.
This is the equivalent of a MBE and is Royal recognition of the support and dedication shown to the community by a voluntary organisation.
The award recognises the immense amount of time, dedication and passion given by our members to enable others to enjoy their cycling.
This is the highest possible level of recognition that our Volunteers can achieve and makes each and everyone of us extremely honoured and proud.
The club would simply not exist with those who give of their most precious resources - their time and their passion.
The strap line we submitted with the award is a very concise and accurate summary of what the club does:
'PROVIDING CYCLING OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYONE - ALL YEAR - EVERY YEAR - SINCE 1891'
This is for all those members who have taken up an official position, organised events, taken up a coaching position, marshalled (often the the cold & wet!), administered 'signing on', driven lead/support vehicles, completed a Risk Assessment, maintained the club bikes/equipment, lead a club run, route marked an event, become a qualified First Aider or any other supporting role.
WELL DONE to ANYONE WHO FALLS WITHIN THIS LIST- without you the club would simply not be able to function.
The attached photograph shows a cross section of our volunteer group along with a few of the younger riders who benefit from their hard word. The picture was taken at Aldersley Leisure Village prior to the Track League and shows the outdoor Velodrome, this being the 'Home of the 'Wheelers'.
The Adult volunteers in the picture form L to R are:
Robin Kyte - Club President
Darren Harris - Coach
David Brookes - Press & Social Media Officer
Bethany Harris (bespectacled) - Young coaching assistant.
Gordon Jones - Equipment Officer
Sally Ward - Coach
Karen Langford (with scarf) - Coach and Road Race Organiser
Susan Ruston - Hon. Treasurer
Mark Lewis (in blue) - Senior Coach and Coaching Co-ordinator
Ron Ansell (in hat & glasses) - Equipment Officer & Track League Organiser
David Slater - Coach
Paul Wedge - Hon. Secretary
Those pictured are a fair representation of our Team of Officials and Coaches which exceeds 50 individuals, but there are many more volunteers on a less frequent basis.
We are now entitled to use the QAVS logo on all our official correspondence and it will occupy a prominent position on our web site.
We are planning a celebration of this achievement on Sunday 12th August with a 'Pig Roast' to be held at the Fordhouses Cricket Club between 1.30 and 5.00 pm
This will include a raffle and some 'Family Fun & Games' - All Wheelers volunteers both past and present are welcome to come along and share in this achievement.
A Family Ride of approx 25 miles (including a Cafe stop) will proceed the celebrations - Leaving Aldersley Leisure Village at 9.30 am returning around 12.30 pm.
This is a leisurely ride for young and old alike and will be on quiet roads.