Course Details

Young Leader: MTB

Riding is just one of the areas you will develop as a Young Leader
Riding is just one of the areas you will develop as a Young Leader
Ideal for those of 14 to 18 years of age, this course initiates the development of some of the personal and teamworking skills you will need in later life, using the context of mountain biking.
Key Content: 

CTC Young Leader is the first of the MTB Leader qualificationsThe course helps develop riding skills as well as personal attributes such as independence, technical skills, confidence, communication, teamwork and enthusiasm.

The Young Leader Award also initiates you into the world of leading groups. You can then help and assist Leaders and their groups with leading rides, setting up games and building skills in others.  It is often used as progression from the Go-mtb awards.

The Young Leader Award can be combined with a vocational or applied educational learning process such as ASDAN or individual schools programme to show that you can achieve a good level of ability in specific roles.

For mountain bike leaders, young leaders are invaluable. Helping manage the groups, deal with skills, maintenance and emergencies, the role of the Young Leader is wide, varied and resourceful. Many leaders search out good Young Leaders, as assistants are essential when taking out groups of young people.


8 hours over one day
The terrain limitations will vary according to your abilities and experience, from road, trail and technical terrain.
Combined training and assessment.

Course outcomes

Course outcomes: 

Young Leaders are able to support and assist Leaders taking groups out with particular skills in:

  • helping to prepare the ride and participants
  • checking bikes and equipment before the ride
  • running skills games to identify and support participants riding development
  • communicate effectively and support participants
  • being in the right place at the right time to help the ride run smoothly - finding stopping points and helping with leader positions
  • sorting minor maintenance and navigation issues
  • helping with incidents and obtaining specialist assistance
  • helping to finish and review the ride and put equipment away
  • review own contributions to the ride or session

Many of the people attending these courses are using it as part of extra curricular development, or internal school time where the focus is on gaining vocational qualifications.


Please contact the Courses & Training Helpline to find out if this course is available for booking: 01483 238 337

What you need


Before attending a Young Leader course, you should:

  • Have at least three months' experience of regular riding in at least trail terrain. This should be a minimum of 20 rides.
  • Have an interest in mountain bike skills.

You may also find it useful to have completed one or more of the Go-mtb Awards prior to your Young Leader course.

What next?


After this course and once you are 18 years of age, you may be interested in going on to CTC's Trail Leader Award or SI Urban course to become a leader or instructor.

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