Congratulations to Sgt Jon Vogel who recently completed his British Cycling Lvl 1 Coaching Qualification, through the support from the RAF Charitable Trust scheme. Jon summarised his experience:

“Having been a member of RAFCA for some years now, I have always been in and around the development of cyclists covering various disciplines. My passion lies with Mountain Biking and last year I certified as a Mountain Bike Instructor through the ATGA scheme. Whilst I thoroughly enjoy leading service men and women over arduous and breath-taking terrain, I find the most enjoyable aspect developing those riders in progressing their technical skills, and therefore their enjoyment on the trail. Earlier this year I saw that the RAF Charitable Trust were supporting applications for coaching courses by way of grants, immediately this caught my attention and I soon applied. The process was quick and simple, and within a few weeks I had received the funding necessary to apply for a course. Lots of study in my own time and attending 2 weekends under a British Cycling Tutor saw me quickly develop my existing skillset, and pick up new teaching methods. I see Level 1 as a stepping stone to completing further courses in the pathway, thus enabling me to develop and inspire the future of RAF Cycling, and coaches in other areas of sport.”

It is amazing to see the impact that the grant is having among RAF Personnel, and highlights an incredible opportunity throughout the RAF!

Congratulations again Jon, and we look forward to helping many others to achieve coaching qualifications in their respective sports.