"Cycling has brought a real buzz to the school, every child in year 3 and 4 can now ride! I am so proud of all of them, they've really pushed themselves."
Teacher, Comberton Primary School
WE WANT EVERY CHILD TO BE ABLE TO RIDE A BIKE BEFORE THEY LEAVE PRIMARY SCHOOL
We offer learn to ride sessions to everyone and want to give all children the opportunity to learn how to ride.
Our cycling program is led by Hannah Escott (GB Cycling Team racer 2015-2018 and 2016 Elite Women's World 4X Series Champion).
Open Trail offers a wide range of cycle coaching for all ages and abilities. Whether you, or your school/community group, are learning to ride for the first time, looking to develop your skills, ride technical terrain or race we will have activities to suit your needs.
We also offer help, support and advice for disabled riders. If you are parents of children with a disability, please get in contact with us and we will be very happy to help.
We can support your school, community group or business by providing a range of cycling activities:
Group cycle coaching- we provide 1-2 hour coaching sessions to groups of up to 12 people, either on your site, out in the Wyre Forest or at local BMX tracks. This can be across a full day or as an after-school club. These sessions can be one-offs or part of a development plan.
1:1 sessions- from learning to ride, to confidence boosters, commuter training all the way to mountain bike skills training and racing.
Our ULTIMTE CYCLING SKILLS track- we have a portable wooden mountain bike/BMX trail that we can provide on your site, including bikes, safety equipment and qualified coaches. Read more here
Special Reward days- reward your children/staff with a full day of cycling fun: from skill development to team challenges and races, and even riding our portable wooden track! Provide them with a great day to remember. We can provide this on your premises to create a real buzz about a special day or event!
Dr. Bike (mobile cycling mechanic)- have one of our mechanics come to your site and safety check bikes. We check the tyres, brakes and gears, make small repairs or advise where large repairs are needed.
Maintenance training- if you want to learn how to fix your bikes, or have a group eager to learn how we can provide the mechanics, tools and equipment to teach you. Such as fixing punctures, setting up brakes and adjusting gears.
Open Trail is based in Kidderminster; we are able to provide our activities on your site, on the technical terrain of the Wyre Forest or at local BMX tracks. We work primarily with schools and community groups in Worcestershire and the West Midlands but can travel further if required.
Cycling is great for...
Cycling is a great way to raise the heart rate and burn calories. Increased physical activity is an essential part of tackling obesity. Figures released by Public Health England (PHE) show over 34% of Year 6 children in the West Midlands/Black Country/ Worcestershire are overweight or obese in 2016/17 compared to 32.8% in 2015/16
Teamwork and helping each other to cycle, as a group, is a big part of the Open Trail ethos.
Everyone achieves something in Open Trail sessions, raising self-esteem and confidence.
Cycling is a great way to increase positive moods and promote positive mental health. It can help to reduce anxiety and depression and can lead to greater travel independence.
Cycling can take you to new places, to meet new people, have adventures, learn new skills, and raise a smile.
Save money on transport by using a bike. Young people can increase their independence without the huge expense of being a young diver.
Help to support the environment by reducing your carbon emissions and pollution by cycling.
How does it fit with Ofsted?
The New Common Inspection Framework covers four key areas.
Two of which are:
Personal development, behaviour and welfare
Outcomes for children and learners
From 2019 your school can now be recognised for how the curriculum provides opportunities for personal development independently of the way you deal with behaviour and pupil attitudes to learning, unlike in previous years. We help you provide evidence for these new areas of the Framework by using Forest School to provide personal development opportunities and work on the outcomes for children as individuals.
The October 2018 report on 'Obesity, healthy eating and physical activity in primary school' concluded that schools should focus on improving the things they are best placed to do, such as:
providing ample opportunity for children to take physical exercise during the school day – with lots of opportunities to ‘get out of breath’
teaching particular skills like how to cook or how to dance, or even how to ride a bike
If you would like to measure the progress of the children and young people on these programmes we can gather essential baseline information on the children such as confidence, behaviour, academic ability, relationships with others, and reassess these capabilities at the end.