A fully qualified Physical Education teacher and outdoor trainer, Al has a wealth of experience delivering, managing and developing training. He has managed several outdoor education centres and been responsible for “ training the trainers” in a number of roles including a specialist outdoor training school.
He has been at the heart of the merger between the MBLA and the new UKMBLS Awards as a member of the UK Technical Group. A passionate trainer and coach, he uses his experiences as an ex-International hockey player, NLP Master practitioner, and those gained as a trainer to deliver well balanced, open and honest training.
Although qualified as a BCU Canoe Coach, Ski Instructor and Mountain Leader, his passion is for mountain biking. A qualified MBLA Tutor since October 2008 and a Tutor Mentor since 2010, Al was the first independent deliverer of the new British Cycling awards in the UK. He has been appointed as a Field Based Trainer (Mentor) for the UKMBLS awards, responsible for training new tutors and undertaking Quality Assurance of the delivery of the courses.
Al has lived in Wales for the last 8 years, with wonderful man-made and natural trails on his doorstep. He has ridden at Mohab and Zion National Park in America and has delivered courses in Canada, the French Alps and all over the UK. His latest venture is a long term commitment to establish and deliver a sustainable mountain bike leadership scheme in Nepal.
Al’s ability to lead motivate and deliver mountain bike training is second to none. He set up Wheelie Cool Mountain Biking in 2008 and is keen to pass on his wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the next generation of mountain bike leaders of all abilities.