Mountain biking, when appropriately delivered, is a very safe sport with injury rates below other more traditional sports. MTBA seeks to provide schools with the tools to present mountain biking in a fun, safe format to enable more students to access the sport. While childhood inactivity rates are soaring, the skill and fitness component of mountain biking make it an attractive activity for young people.
For anyone new to mountain biking, our clubs are probably THE best way to get started in the sport. However, we want MTB to be encouraged and taught in schools alongside other sports like swimming and athletics!
MTBA has a “Dirt School’ resource pack available, which is suitable for any teachers or schools interested in mountain biking. The pack can be ordered from our online store here.
We also encourage teachers and sports officers, who are involved in delivering MTB to students, to complete one of our NCAS accredited coaching courses. A minimum level of accreditation is sometimes required by State School Sporting bodies. Details of our coaching courses can be found on our Coaching page here.
For more information on mountain biking opportunities for schools, contact MTBA’s Development Coach at firstname.lastname@example.org
View the MTBA Junior Policy
1. Obtain a copy of the Dirt Schools Pack which contains a lot of information about the sport of mountain biking, equipment, building MTB features and basic skills.
MTBA wishes to recognise schools who are promoting MTB by acknowledging them on our website. These schools have encouraged students in mountain biking through such things as purchasing a Dirt Schools pack to use as a resource and providing MTB activities throughout the school year. The emphasis is on participation and healthy lifestyles through physical activity on the bike. First time riders are encouraged to join our 8 week free trial.
Some schools have elected to invest heavily in mountain biking as a school sports program. Riders in excellence programs are focused on competition and training the best of their ability. These schools offer structured MTB programs delivered by Level 1 coaching staff for at least 16 sessions per year. MTBA provides one funded place per year on our Level 0 Skills Instructor course and a 10% discount on subsequent coaching courses. Excellence schools are expected to hold one interschools MTB event per year with the assistance of their local club.
For more information on listing your school in the Merit or Excellence Program contact National Development Coach, Jodie Willett at email@example.com