Cycling Australia is delighted to offer its Sporting Schools program to children across Australia’s school yards and is pleased to partner with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) to deliver this $160 million Australian Government initiative to get more children playing more sport.
Let’s Ride is a national junior riding program designed by Cycling Australia to be a fun learning experience for kids. The program teaches them to ride safely by developing their knowledge, skills and confidence – giving parents peace of mind.
As an organisation, Cycling Australia's primary objective is to create opportunities for all riders and people interested in cycling.
"Our school thoroughly enjoyed the Let's Ride program and our students learnt fantastic new skills, as well as vital safety knowledge. All instructors were excellent with our students and we will highly recommend it to other schools." Rebecca Moore, Principal, Old Noarlunga Primary School, SA.
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The Let’s Ride program will offer a six-week before, during or after-school program, held on school grounds and delivered by Cycling Australia qualified instructors and supported by Cycling Australia, the Australian Sports Commission and state and territory Cycling Associations. There is also the option for teachers in remote or regional areas to deliver the program internally.
Let’s Ride has been innovatively linked to the new national PDHPE curriculum, so the program can be delivered as part of a PDHPE strand, as a school sport option or as an extra-curricular activity. It is also a great opportunity for schools to promote a healthy lifestyle message, tied into road safety and active travel options.
The program is split into two levels or "gears":
2nd Gear (targeted towards 8-10 year olds) focuses on bike control skills, so that kids are given the techniques to enable them to ride more proficiently in a traffic-free environment (park, backyard, around the block, etc.)
3rd Gear (targeted towards 11-12 year olds) focuses on riding and situational awareness, so that kids are given the competencies to enable them to ride safely in low-traffic environments (shared paths, footpaths, bike paths, quiet streets, etc.)
Teachers and coaches are our assets
Cycling Australia values the role of teachers not just in the classroom but in the school yard as well. Their enthusiasm for improving children’s lives is often understated. Society places its trust and confidence in teachers who as educators, have one of the most important roles for our children, outside of parents and carers.
Coaches are also a wonderful influence on children throughout their formative years. Coaches are the people who deliver the skills with fun and enjoyment.
The information below is a guide to how schools, coaches and sporting organisations can deliver the Cycling Australia program within Sporting Schools.
Contact: Kieran Donohue
Phone: (02) 9738 5852
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