Throughout the school summer term Sustrans, in London, ran a second series of ‘Olympic Cycling Taster Sessions’, building on their huge success of the previous year. These gave pupils from schools across capital the chance to experience two of the Olympic cycling disciplines.
Over 1500 pupils from 80 schools across London took part in the BMX and Track cycling sessions, an increase of over 70% on previous year. Each session was lead by fully qualified coaches from Access Sport and British Cycling at BMX tracks located in Greenwich and Hackney, as well as the historic Herne Hill Velodrome.
In addition to the taster sessions Sustrans London also ran a series Superhero themed family bike rides delivered in Bike It Boroughs throughout London by the Bike It Officers, with over 120 pupils, parents and teachers taking part.
The continued success of these events, following on from the great accomplishments of last year’s taster sessions, proves a growing interest and hunger for these to be held annually. Sustrans London would like to continue the delivery of the ‘Olympic Cycling Taster Sessions’ cementing them as a core activity of the Bike it Plus project.
- 64 primary 6 secondary and 1 SEN school took part in the BMX sessions
- 1480 pupils aged between 9 and 13 took part in the BMX sessions
- 8 primary and 1 secondary school took part in the Herne Hill Velodrome track sessions
- 180 pupils aged between 9 and 13 took part in the Herne Hill Velodrome track sessions
- 5 primary and 1 secondary school took part in the Superhero rides, with 127 pupils aged between 9 and 13 taking part
Initial feedback from schools and BIOs has showed that:
- All participating schools expressed an interest in attending the taster sessions again
- Tower Hamlet’s School, Cayley Primary, have incorporated BMX into their P.E. Curriculum, utilising their local BMX pump track having sought funding independently
- RedbridgeSchool, John Bramston Primary, have re-established Schools BMX club following attendance at BMX session
- 27 pupils have joined local BMX tracks, and 4 have started to attend sessions at Herne Hill Velodrome
- At least 32 of the participating schools will be utilising local BMX tracks in the future
In addition Access sport is looking to expand delivery of the project into boroughs that the Bike It Plus project is already engaged with as well as those targeted for engagement in the next academic year. This increase in size will enable a greater engagement with schools and assist in the organisation of more BMX Clubs being run in schools.