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Anna Wins Instructor of the Year Award!

At Outspoken Training we are proud of our fantastic, dedicated cycle instructors who put a huge amount or time and effort into inspiring more people to cycle. We were therefore delighted Anna, a Cambridgeshire instructor, has been recognised for her enthusiastic and inspiring work by winning the title of 'Instructor of the Year' at the Bikeability Awards 2020.

First and foremost, Anna is an exceptional instructor who always demonstrates best practise. She consistently delivers the Bikeability cycle training to a high standard and creates a learning environment that is fun and enjoyable. Over the last year she has delivered training in 32 schools with an average feedback score of 9.6 out of 10 across these schools.

Anna consistently develops great relationships with schools, teachers and children built on regular feedback and communication which is informative and celebrates achievements. The consistently high feedback and testimonials she receives demonstrate the fantastic rapport and reputation she has created in the 6 years she has delivered Bikeability training.

Last summer, Anna worked as the Instructor delivering 4 Bikeability Plus modules (Balance, Fix, Learn to Ride and Promotion) to four schools in rural Fenland communities across Cambridgeshire over a five-week period. Supporting children in these school, she was very proud of the fact that in the Learn to Ride modules she helped 47 children to learn to ride for the first time.

Anna’s achievement with these school are listed below:

  • The number of children cycling to school rose from 158 to 337 (increase of 113%)
  • 83 children were introduced to cycling through Bikeability Balance training
  • 47 children learnt how to ride for the first time
  • 32 children became junior bike mechanics through Bikeability Fix training

 

"A pupil had become a very reluctant learner at school. He would often lack motivation and interest in most subjects leading to a closed mind set.  Anna got him to try different types of cycle at the try out show. He was particularly interested in the half bike, which is very difficult to ride. Then the magic happened, Anna got him lapping the track. Not only did the whole crew at the show give hiim a round of applause but so did his peers, his teachers and his mum who was working at the school on the day. A very emotional and happy day for mum. After speaking to his mum later, she explained how his love of cycling has been the catalyst to a great improvement in his studies and that she was so pleased he has found something which has helped improve his studies and his outlook to learning." - Teacher

A strength of Anna’s work is her natural supportive approach in any situation. Anna has guided lots of riders with additional needs to either start their riding journey or develop their skills further. Often helping these children to achieve additional benefits to cycling, boosting confidence, self-esteem and enjoyment at achievement.

"The children enjoyed the games that Anna used in order to practice their skills. The children who have ‘learned to ride’ are thrilled in acquiring this new skill. It was absolutely wonderful to see the joy on their faces when they mastered the skill of riding independently. Anna’s use of simple phrases which the children chanted really supported their understanding." - Headteacher

She is also particularly good at supporting newer instructors, boosting confidence and developing their knowledge and skills, through being a great role model and discussing instructors’ strengths and areas they could work on, always in a positive way.

“Anna is an exceptional instructor. She has a natural way of imparting information to both students and instructors alike which is calm, informative and professional.  Having worked with Anna on quite a few of my sessions I have found her to be an excellent peer mentor managing to make me feel proud of my achievements yet also making me aware of the improvements I can make to my practice in a positive way. 

The children love her, and she always works in a progressive, understandable way no matter what age or ability the children she is teaching are.  I am immensely proud that she is being put forward for this award as I cannot think of an instructor who deserves it more”.  Sam (cycle instructor who Anna peer mentored)

Congratulations Anna. We hope you enjoy your well earned success!

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