A case study highlighting the impact of alternative activities and a joint approach between local cycling clubs and Cherwell school.
Cherwell School and Oxford Cycle Workshop Training
The purpose of the case study is to highlight the impact of alternative activities and a joint approach between local clubs and a local school.
Project Success Factors
- A Teacher with a passion for a sport (Cycling)
- A School with a large number of children that cycle to school
- Oxford Cycle Workshop Training (A cooperative that recycles bicycles, provide training and operates a cycle club)
- Integrated planning process between school, Cooperative and local clubs
- A whole sport approach using a Variety of disciplines (Cycle Speedway, Grass Track, Cyclo-Cross, Bike Polo, Cycle Skills) and maintaining the bikes for competition (Dr Bike)
- Appropriate people supporting programme (Club Lead and Quality Coaches)
- Range of funding pots combined to make a greater impacting project
- Quality child centred coaching
- Tony Gray made links with the Oxford Cycle Workshop Training Cooperative
- A delivery plan was agreed and costs requirements recognised
- Funding pots to support aspects of the schemes were identified and working with the Oxfordshire Sport Partnership applications were made, these included Sport England Small Grants to help set up the club with equipment and Sport Unlimited to provide some of the out reach work to develop the club membership
- Support from the surrounding clubs was also identified to provide further support in specific disciplines such as Cycle Speedway and exit routes
- Appropriate coaches were selected with the overall brief to provide a variety of disciplines in cycling including looking after the bike, so it is fit for competition
The project began with Tony Gray, a teacher with a passion for cycling, who believed there was a great opportunity to set up a “Go Ride “cycle club the school. Tony Gray & staff from the school, Jonty Semper & Jared Spier, coaches from Cycle Oxford CC and Robyn Carter, coach from Horspath CSC supported the club with the various types of activities running over a period of weeks.
The start up project finished with two events supported by British Cycling, the first inroad into Grass Track racing, where 22 competitors took part including 6 from other local schools. It was followed up the next day by a well attended Cycling Activity Day involving 50 young people (including a number of young volunteers).
Retention and Transitions
19 Children took part in the first Sport Unlimited project and 20 in the second. Retention rates and transition rates were high, which is reflected in the fact that 41 children are part of the Cherwell School GO Ride Club. The factors that contributed to this included:
- The club being based at a school site
- Support from the school staff
- Support from local club, which provide further opportunity for those who wish to compete more often
- A large pupil population that were comfortable in cycling to and from school
- The promotion of cycling as a competitive sport, as much as a physical activity, appealing to the non team sport pupil