ClubMark CMYK

After what seems a very long time since we started our initial enquiry to British Cycling we have finally had confirmation that our application has been successful, and we are now officially a Clubmark club! It's been quite a slog to put our case together with everything else that's been going on, quite apart from the racing. General Manager Terry Kirkup was almost tempted to raise a glass when he heard the fantastic news yesterday from BC's Go-Ride team at its headquarters in Manchester! 


Northumbria CSC Celebrate Achieving Go-Ride Clubmark Status


Joining a select group of cycling clubs across the country, Northumbria CSC has fulfilled the necessary criteria to achieve British Cycling’s Go-Ride Clubmark status and now holds this prestigious accreditation. Clubmark is a universally acknowledged cross sport scheme introduced by Sport England for community sports clubs which recognises high standards in welfare, equity, coaching and club management.

Clubs are required to submit a portfolio of evidence to show that they meet the relevant criteria, including suitably qualified volunteers, regular coaching sessions and club development plans. Throughout the application process, Northumbria CSC demonstrated an environment that ensures member welfare and promotes cycling as a lifelong sport.

First launched in 2011 Northumbria CSC now has a thriving membership of twenty five. Coaches hold sessions at Cramlington Sporting Club  which offers young riders an ideal traffic free cycling venue, an opportunity to improve bike handling skills and a pathway into cycle sport.

Lorna Bennett, British Cycling Regional Development Manager for the North East said of the achievement:

“My congratulations go out to Northumbria CSC on achieving Go-Ride Clubmark status. The coaches and volunteers work extremely hard to provide opportunities for young people to get involved in cycling, and I look forward to continue supporting them in the future as I’m sure that the club will go on to do great things."

Sessions at Northumbria CSC run every Tuesday evening from 6:30 pm plus most Saturday afternoons from 1:00 pm and new riders are more than welcome to turn up and have a go. For further information please visit the club’s website: .

For more information on British Cycling’s Clubmark accreditation process, visit:

Wotz Hot?


From now on it'll be Sundays from 12:00 for adult riders then 4:00-5:00 juniors, and Tuesday night adults from 6:15. Sundays are dependent upon North & Scotland League fixtures which start when the Vikings are due to ride for their adopted sides in Hull and Edinburgh on 7th April . PLEASE keep an eye on our Facebook page for the most recent updates.

Moving Forward

On Tuesday 12th February, Richie Smith and Terry Kirkup met Seat Valley and Cramlington's School Sports Co-ordinator to discuss possible school sessions on the track this season. Lets hope we can start to emulate the amazing Queen Anne High School in Fife and get a massive betch of youngsters into the Sport. This is all schedules for May and June.

Parr to Return?

Viking's long-time Number One, ex-British Over 40s Champion Gavin Parr has signed for Hull CSC for the 2019 season. This follows the cessation of Northern League racing here at Northumbria following a disappointing few years where we failed to attract any new riders to boost our numbers and ensure a healthy future for the team. With a few of the remaining regulars off to Edinburgh for 2019, Gavin has taken advantage of the chance to link up with his good friend, 3-time British Champion Andy Angell at the Humberside club and we wish him all the very best for his coming season.

Vikings Look Forward

2018 sees us embark on a team rebuilding programme with a serious search for junior talent led by Coach Richie Smith.

Senior Training 2018 link here.
Can you shed any light on this?

TK made some changes to the track floodlights on 23rd October while the School was on half term break. We now have much better coverage with some tweaks to the aiming angle of each lamp.

Club Coach to Luxury Coach!

Saturday 29th October 2016 and our British Cycling Head Coach, Richie Smith joins a very select band of fully-qualified Cycle Speedway Coaches at Wednesfield, elevating himself from Lord to God at the Vikings lair. Not sitting on his newly-won laurels, Richie immediately sizes up some opportunities for winter indoor racing at several venues on Tyneside should the desire to race be strong enough. Some interest has already been shown by several of Terry Kirkup's Team Midaircrisis mountain bike club colleagues so we may see some fresh talent if this comes off.

Richie Takes First Prize!

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We are always looking for extra help on match days and all such offers would be gratefully accepted and really appreciated. Like most other amateur sports clubs we do depend heavily upon parents and relatives, so if you think you could offer to help out in even the smallest way then just ask any club member for further information. You can also e-mail our Volunteer Co-ordinator through our inbox at vikings @




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