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Covid Update

On Tuesday 29 March, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Sajid Javid, set out the next steps for living with COVID-19 in England from Friday 1 April.

Updated guidance advises:

  • Adults with the symptoms of a respiratory infection, and who have a high temperature or feel unwell, should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people until they feel well enough to resume normal activities and no longer have a high temperature.
  • Children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people. They can return to college when they no longer have a high temperature, and are well enough to attend.
  • Adults with a positive COVID-19 test result should try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for 5 days, which is when they are most infectious. For children and young people aged 18 and under, the advice is 3 days.

For education and childcare settings from Friday 1 April:

  • Regular asymptomatic testing is no longer recommended in any education or childcare setting, including in SEND, alternative provision and children’s social care settings. Therefore, we will no longer be able to order test kits .


SGS has launched a fundraising campaign to help raise £15,000 for vulnerable students and families over Christmas. Money raised so far

Level 3 Diploma in Sports Coaching & Cycling Performance

The Level 3 Diploma in Sports Coaching & Cycling Performance is designed for learners who are keen cyclists and who are looking to combine their education with their cycling aspirations. Many of the world’s top professional riders are enrolled on degree programmes which offer flexibility to fit studying and learning around their race programme, but until we launched our programme in 2020, there was no equivalent opportunity for junior riders engaging in Further Education. Until now, young cyclists have had to make a choice, follow your cycling dreams or concentrate on your education. Either way there was a risk – missing out on a promising career in cycling or missing out on completing your education. SGS College made it possible to simultaneously succeed in junior cycling and in education by uniquely pioneering an online delivery. Every lesson is delivered online via our virtual classroom. All lessons are recorded enabling learners to repeat any lesson at any time. As proved by one of the first riders to join our programme, Josh Tarling, we have made it possible to enjoy a world class education whilst becoming a world class rider.

Uniquely in Further Education, the L3 Diploma in Sports Coaching & Cycling Performance and Cycling Elite Junior Cycling Programme has been designed for distance learning – we are recruiting learners who live anywhere within the United Kingdom. All learning, coaching and training will take place on-line.

Learners will have their own Today’s Plan account to receive training session plans and to upload ride data for analysis and feedback. The SGS Elite Junior Cycling Programme is not a cycling club or a team, so riders are free to represent any club or team of their choice giving learners complete flexibility over their racing programme.

Diploma in Sporting Excellence

New for 2022 and in partnership with British Cycling, we are now offering the opportunity for learners to combine the L3 Diploma in Sports Coaching & Cycling Performance with the Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE). Places on DiSE are awarded by British Cycling according to rider performance. Learners enrolled on to DiSE will be required to complete a portfolio of evidence based around their racing and training in relation to topics such as nutrition, psychology and tactics.

DiSE learners will also be invited to attend an all-expenses paid two-week DiSE training camp coordinated by British Cycling in Tenerife in the early spring.

Elite Junior Cycling Programme

Learners on the Level 3 Diploma in Sports Coaching & Cycling Performance will be enrolled on to the SGS Elite Junior Cycling Programme. In addition to the college’s existing portfolio of sports academies, the SGS Cycling Academy, in partnership with ROADSTARZ, provides each of its members with a complete on-line program of coaching, training and mentoring. Learners are given bespoke training plans, feedback on racing and training performance and guidance to develop their cycling fitness and race performance. Founder of ROADSTARZ Nic Tilling started the company to enable people to achieve greatness by cycling. After teaching sport science and physical education and sharing his passion for sports performance with over a thousand learners in over 20 years, ROADSTARZ was created to connect aspiring cyclists with his insight as a rider, his knowledge of fitness, training, nutrition and sport science, and his skills as a coach and educator.

SGS Elite Junior Cycling Programme Training Camp

New for 2023 we will be holding an all-expenses paid SGS Elite Cycling Academy training camp in Spain in the early spring. Places will be awarded on the camp based on attitude and commitment to learning and training.


The Level 3 Diploma in Sports Coaching & Cycling Performance is a career-focused vocational qualification which is recognised, endorsed and accredited by industry, enabling learners to develop underpinning knowledge and technical skills. As well as gaining knowledge, skills and experience as a coach and sport practitioner, the course also prepares learners who have diverse interests including education, academia, business, retail and marketing. The qualification also carries up to 112 UCAS points for university progression.

DiSE learners can also achieve up to an additional 67 UCAS points.

How to Apply

This is a unique course that offers an incredible opportunity for young cyclists. Places are limited so learners need to apply as soon as possible. You can apply online now by clicking the link below. Enquiries can be made directly by contacting either SGS Cycling Programme Head Coach Nic Tilling [email protected] or Mark Read, Learning Area Manager for Sport & Public Services [email protected]

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