THE COACH is an important figure within a club, often one of the first people introduced to new members and often a person who plays a vital role in people’s perceptions of a club.
It can also be a rewarding role for those that enjoy seeing the enjoyment and improvement in young juniors right up to the senior riders.
This time we turn our focus to the Horsham Motorcycle Club where Jason Thomas is a coach.
How long have you been a member of Horsham Motorcycle Club?
What have been some of the great changes that you’ve seen at the club?
I have seen the club go from a great track to a world class facility with a lot of hard work.
How long have you been a coach at Horsham Motorcycle Club?
What have been some of the challenges you’ve had to face while coaching?
I haven’t had too many hard challenges but getting some of the kids to take it slow at first while they are being coached can be a challenge sometimes, they all want to be Chad Reed!
How would you describe your style of coaching?
A positive and no pressure approach always helps.
What do you enjoy most about coaching?
Big smiles on the kid’s faces at the end of the day, there is no better feeling than seeing young boys and girls achieving their passion and goals. Parents coming up to you proud as punch and saying their kids have learnt so much in one day.
What could someone expect to find themselves doing when they come to the Horsham Motorcycle Club and participate in a Coaching Day?
Body positions and balance on the bike, braking, cornering, jumping skills and a lot of bike time practicing these skills in a safe environment. We also teach some bike maintenance and health and nutrition.
As a Club Coach, how do you make members feel welcome at Horsham Motorcycle Club?
I always like to help new club members with any questions or problems they have and make members feel welcome and get them involved in the club and what we’re doing. Helping them with any tips and tricks to improve in their riding or racing skills and just by making the club a family friendly environment.