Woodfield School participants get on their bikes!
14 Greenhouse Sports participants from Woodfield School were treated to a special experience which saw them donning safety helmets and tackling the dirt track of Lee Valley BMX course at the London 2012 Olympic track. The lucky pupils received a one hour coaching lesson from a qualified instructor before being let loose to kick up the dust and grab big air.
Pupils from Woodfield School, under the guidance on Greenhouse Sports coach Daniel O’Brien, have been learning to cycle as part of the pupil premium cycle maintenance project delivered by Chris Steel. The lessons take place at the school during lunch breaks where the main aim is to teach pupils to fix their bike and then get out and ride it. Pupils have learnt how to change a tyre, fix and tighten breaks, oil a chain and repair punctures.
The outing to the Olympic BMX track was a celebratory trip for those who have learnt to cycle at Woodfield School. Woodfield is a Special Educational Needs school that has hosted a Greenhouse Sports programme since May 2014.
Teaching Assistant Shirag who helped organise the trip said “it’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the our pupils’ successes. The coaches at Lee Valley were very friendly and helped our pupils have a safe and exciting experience around the track.”
Since the January 2015 term started an impressive 16 pupils have learnt to cycle at Woodfield, the highest number ever recorded at the school. The project aims to continue to teach pupils to cycle and teach them the importance of road safety and cycle maintenance.
Head Coach Dan O’Brien who has actively supported the project said “the cycle project is a great way to embed the Greenhouse Sports STEP framework here at Woodfield School. It allows pupils to learn about cycle maintenance, road safety and cycling, whilst opening up new opportunities for them and supporting their development towards independence.”