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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:

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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 .

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Published 2 months ago

SGS Cyclist Wins Gold in UCI World Championship Junior Men's Time Trial

After shocking the international cycling scene in his debut performance in the World Championship Junior Men’s Time Trial last year with an amazing silver medal, SGS Elite Junior Cycling Programme graduate learner, Josh Tarling, produced a truly world-class ride to win gold in his second and final year as a junior last week.

After shocking the international cycling scene in his debut performance in the World Championship Junior Men’s Time Trial last year with an amazing silver medal, SGS Elite Junior Cycling Programme graduate learner, Josh Tarling, produced a truly world-class ride to win gold in his second and final year as a junior last week.

Over a testing circuit through the suburbs of the Australian town of Wollongong, Josh was given the honorary privilege of starting last out of a field of the world’s fastest junior riders. At the first-time check, Josh was already 9 seconds faster than the race leader and he maintained his speed well into the halfway point. After admitting that he eased back slightly too much in the third time check, Josh had to attack the final quarter of the race to win by over 19 seconds. In doing so, he became champion of the world. Adding to history, Josh also became the first British male athlete to hear the anthem ‘God Save the King’ from atop the winner’s podium.

Throughout his second year on the SGS Elite Junior Cycling Programme, Josh was balancing his commitment to studying, racing and training. Not only has he won every time trial that he has competed in this year, but he also achieved medals at the European Championships and just missed the podium in the Commonwealth Games.

One of Josh’s biggest achievements this year, until winning the worlds, was signing a pro contract with the INEOS Grenadiers Pro Cycling Team on a three-year deal starting in 2023. In other sports, this would be the equivalent of signing for Man City, the LA Rams, the Lakers or Ferrari F1. In signing Josh, this is the first time that INEOS have ever signed a rider from the Junior ranks.

Only the day before Josh’s win, current SGS Elite Junior Cycling Programme learner Izzy Sharp took tenth in her debut World Championship Junior Women’s Time Trial. Despite this being an incredible achievement, Izzy was disappointed with her performance as she was only four seconds off the podium. However, Izzy was also instrumental in helping her GB teammate Zoe Backsteadt to win the World Championship Junior Women’s Road race later that week. In her debut junior year, Izzy has achieved Gold in the European Track Championships, and a medal at the 2023 World Championships is now in her sights.

Largely thanks to the Gold medal won by Josh and the Gold medals won the Junior women, Team GB finished top of the medals table at the UCI World Cycling Championships for the first time in history.

Nic Tilling, SGS Coach, commented: “Josh was one of the first learners to join the SGS Elite Junior Cycling Programme when we started in 2020. We designed the programme so that it would enable riders like Josh to take a combined approach to succeeding in education and cycling. From the outset, Josh was combining attending our online lessons with attending training camps and racing both in the UK and overseas, and we were able to fully support his educational and athletic development throughout the two years that he was a member of the programme. Josh has achieved many milestone performances along the way, but what I think his World Championship title proves to us is that here at SGS we have created an educational programme for junior cyclists that can support riders at the world class level."

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