Gisborne students are on a roll
Image: Cycling Australia offers a three-month free ride membership to all students after the program finishes to ensure they have a pathway, get involved with a like-minded community, and keep riding safely.
If you live in Gisborne, Victoria, you may notice more junior cyclists on your streets thanks to Sporting Schools.
A Cycling Australia accredited coach has delivered a Let’s Ride program to 50 St Brigid’s Primary School students in Years 3 and 4 over four weeks this term.
The school’s Health and Physical Education teacher Ramona Baker says she was impressed by the range of improvement made by the students over the program.
“Most students were eager to take on cycling and while some students were hesitant, they definitely improved over the program,” Baker says.
Students are encouraged to plan a ride outside of the school at the end of the program, under the guidance of teachers. This ride, done to encourage investigative learning and safe riding within their community, was very successful, Baker says.
“I felt that this really gave the students a sense of accomplishment and allowed them to think independently,” she says.
“All my students responded very well to the program and is something that they can continue on with after the program stops, it’s a skill for life!”
Cycling Australia’s National Participation Coordinator Renata Farah says the Let's Ride program is designed by Cycling Australia to be a fun learning experience for kids.
“It teaches them to ride safely by developing their knowledge, skills and confidence,” she says.
“It’s aligned to the national PDHPE curriculum, is held on school grounds and can be delivered before, during or after school either by a teacher or a Cycling Australia accredited coach.”
Farah says the program can be fully customised to meet the unique needs of each school.
“Whether the program is delivered externally or internally, the Let’s Ride team will be there from start to finish to help guide you through the process.”
She says Cycling Australia offers a three-month free ride membership to all students after the program finishes to ensure they are have a pathway, get involved with a like-minded community, and keep riding safely.
Sporting Schools is a $200 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport, before, during and after school. Want to run a Cycling program at your school? Check out all the details on the Cycling Australia page.
Looking for a club in your area? http://www.cycling.org.au/Get-Involved/Find-a-Club