We have also hosted our first BMX course this term! Two groups; one Year 8 group and one Year 9, have had the opportunity to develop their skills on the lower hard-play. All students, of varying ability and experience, have learnt a variety of ‘flatland’ BMX skills to build confidence and team work. They have worked on cornering, bike handling, ‘bunny hops’ and ‘manuals’ and finished the term with a timed obstacle course and larger ramps to practice on.

The course is being run by British Cycling Level 2 BMX and Mountain Bike coach, Jennifer Purcell, who commented: “What a fantastic term! It’s been a real pleasure to work with such energetic and fun students. Everyone gave all the skills a go and I’m so proud of them all, and four riders in particular who started the course not being able to ride at all and by the end of the five weeks were taking part in the fun races (not easy on a BMX bike!) – you know who you are!”

Feedback from the students included: “I loved everything about that course, especially having extra time to learn skills with my friends. I haven’t ridden my bike in ages but will definitely get it out more now.”

Teachers have already commented on the confidence boost that some students have had: “I’ve taught one of these young men for two years and they’ve never spoken up in class. This week they put their hand up to answer a question!” – Mrs Loxton.

Next term we look forward to running the course with some of our Year 8 and 9 girls.