Who are we?
Within TVAM The Green Team occupies a unique position as it encompasses everyone who holds the green badge awarded on passing the IAM test and therefore, unlike the seven local observer groups, is not regionally based.
Our Leaders are Alan Hudson (team leader) & Nick Edgley (deputy)
Where we meet
Each month there are three opportunities to meet fellow holders of the green badge: at St Crispin’s, a pub and at a local group hosted ride out. At St Crispin’s there is time to socialise before participating in one of the Green Team organised social rideouts. There are normally two and often three rideouts. They vary in distance and pace but you will find one to suit. Also at St Crispin’s you will see several green badgers wearing red ‘Meet and Greet’ (M&G) T-shirts. In addition to performing the M&G roles, they also assist all badges with any queries/questions. And naturally, we have our own Green Team welcome desk where you can come and chat about all our activities and courses.
The second venue is at The Crown, The Street, Swallowfield, Reading RG7 1QY on the Wednesday after the St Crispin’s Sunday Meeting. People start arriving between 7 and 7.30pm – some for a meal. The evening begins with team business at 8pm but leaves plenty of time after 9pm to chat over a drink. Newcomers are very welcome especially those who wish to become involved helping with club activities.
The third opportunity is the local Social Team hosted rides. These are hosted by a different local group each month with the details published in Slipstream and in the TVAM Calendar. Here the aim is for any TVAM member regardless of badge to turn up and enjoy a social ride.
What we do
We contribute to the club in three important ways: provide helpers at St Crispin’s, run courses to develop our members’ riding skills and represent green badge holders, the bulk of TVAM members, at the Team Leaders meeting. The band of M&G volunteers are renowned for giving newcomers a warm welcome, guiding them through registration and explaining how the club functions. In addition, we run the sign-in desk for Associates, and at The Green Team desk issue riders with their mandatory colour coded armbands for one of the social rides.
We are very much at the heart of supporting and under-pinning the club riding standard through courses and publishing useful guides. The list of courses and their details can be found on the TVAM website here. Lastly, we also organise social rideouts throughout the year and take part in other club events.