Bob and Julie Griffiths were shortlisted for the annual Havering Sports Council’s Sports Volunteer of the Year Award. Having been shortlisted to the final three, Bob and Julie attended the Awards Evening at Upminster Golf Club on Monday 8 February. As can be seen from the photograph, Bob and Julie were the winners. The citation provided for the awards is below:
Bob and Julie, who live in Hornchurch, started LVYCC in 2000 as a place where their sons could participate in the sport of cycling. Originally located at the Eastway circuit, they had to move to a new location due to the development of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games facilities. Now based at Redbridge Cycling Centre, Bob and Julie have developed the club in to the largest youth only cycling club in the country with over 200 youth members and 40+ volunteers.
They both attend every Saturday club session, except that is when they travel to see club riders racing. As an example in 2015, they have travelled to Glasgow, Cardiff, Belgium, and Holland to name a few to support LVYCC youth riders. They have taken annual leave to attend the Assen Youth Tour where LVYCC were the largest represented club from the UK, an annual event that attracts over 800 riders from around the world. They also co-ordinated and attended a week long training camp in Majorca in February. They ensured all the arrangements were in place for over 20 youth riders to benefit from a near professional cycling experience.
Bob and Julie also organise and attend Tuesday evening ‘turbo’ sessions (indoor cycling) during the winter months to assist youth riders with their preparations for the following cycling season.
LVYCC organise and host road races at Redbridge Cycling Centre that are attended by riders from all over the East and South East regions. These races are organised and managed by Bob and Julie with a team of volunteers behind them. Because of the successful organisation of these events, the Club has been selected again as the hosts for the National Youth Circuit Championships in 2016.
LVYCC caters for not only road cycling, but also mountain biking, cyclo-cross and track. The Club has a fortnightly session at the Olympic Velodrome attended by over 30 riders.
Between them, they dedicate on average six days a week volunteering on the clubs behalf – providing secretarial, treasurer, organisational, developmental and participant support.
Bob and Julie’s sons have long moved on, but they still give all their time for young people to start on a journey of participating in sport, particularly the sport of cycling, for life and contributing to making more Londoners physical active.
Congratulations to Bob and Julie for this recognition of all the fantastic work they put in on behalf of all the club members. Thank you.