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 Dawn Armstrong (team leader) & Alan Mossman (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 an American diner. At St Crispin’s there is time to socialise before participating in one of the two Green Team organised social rideouts: one skilled and brisk, and the other, a medium paced run suitable for all full members. 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 in the upper room of the Jekyll & Hyde pub A33 Turgis Green 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 location is Nelson’s Diner A339 Kingsclere on the last Saturday of the month. Here the aim is for any TVAM member regardless of badge to turn up around 10am and have a good ol’ chinwag. Then, providing there is a run leader, we brief at 11am for a medium-paced rideout to a mystery destination aiming to be back by 3pm, but there is no problem with people leaving early.
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 guidebooks. The Social Run Course (SRC) covers all aspects of group riding and the techniques used to mark a route. For those who wish to lead or backmark a run we provide a personal mentor for tailor-made coaching. The Green Team actively promotes and arranges Enhanced Advanced Rides (EAR) that enable full members to undergo a refresher or prepare for the IAM’s ultimate Masters test. Te team is also involved in running the Pillion Riding Course, aimed to develop the skills for riding with or as a passenger. Lastly, we also organise social rideouts throughout the year and take part in other club events.