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TEACH MTB IN SCHOOLS

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 Schools Coordinator at members@mtba.asn.au

View the Guidelines on Junior Participation in Mountain Bike Events & Formalised Training/Skills Sessions (Version 5.0 | 16 March 2018)

SCHOOL AFFILIATION

The benefits of becoming an affiliated club with Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) include:

  • Access to cost effective insurance for the school and its staff and volunteers
  • Insurance cover for weekly supervised school skills/class sessions for all staff and student participants
  • One 12-month Recreation Membership for school staff coordinator
  • Support a national autonomous body for mountain biking
  • Access for students to purchase MTBA membership and School membership in one transaction (if applicable)
  • School details are included in MTBA Directory on website
  • Welcome pack offering Free Trial membership to all students
  • Access to Mass Participation insurance offerings for student events
  • Access to MTBA Online Services Event entry system
  • Promotion of School events through MTBA Event Calendar
  • Provide linkage to resources and network opportunities
  • Coordination of efforts to strengthen mountain biking development at both the recreation and sport level
  • All funds collected by MTBA are returned to mountain bike community and reinvested into the development of mountain biking.

Schools wishing to affiliate with Mountain Bike Australia are required to submit the following:

  1. MTBA Schools Affiliation Form completed and returned to MTBA along with affiliation fee.
  2. Letter of endorsement from School Principal / Head of School

Click Here to download the MTBA Schools Affiliation Form

SCHOOL EVENTS – MASS PARTICIPATION

To assist schools in delivering mountain bike events in a cost effective format, Mountain Bike Australia is offering affiliated schools mass participation insurance coverage for all participants. This provides Public Liability (PL) and Personal Accident (PA) insurance cover for competitors for a fee of $5 per rider, per day, regardless of whether they are an MTBA member or not.

Mass Participation allows event organisers to build the cost of rider insurance into the entry fee. The event organiser can promote that all riders have PL and PA insurance as part of their entry, however the price of insurance cannot be advised separately. 

Click Here to download the School Event Mass Participation Agreement

TIPS TO INTEGRATING MTB INTO YOUR SCHOOL

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. With the purchase of the Dirt Schools Pack,  MTBA will provide two supplementary programs:

  • Dirt Schools – Beginners Program Resource
  • Dirt Schools – Intermediate Program Resource
 
2. Register for our Level 0 Skills Coach course. Courses run on a needs-basis so the more people who register their interest, the faster we can deliver a course to you.
  
3. Trial an after-school program once a week for a term to gauge the interest of the students. Keep the sessions short and fun while learning foundation skills such as cornering, braking and balancing.
 
4. Encourage students to become MTBA members. MTBA insurance covers them 24/7 whenever they are on a bike. Our junior recreational memberships start from $25.
 
5.  Plan an excursion to a local trail. MTBA recommend the Trailforks site to find suitable trails in your area with descriptions and ride profiles.
 
6. Do you now have a squad of keen mountain bikers? Check out the MTBA calendar for club races and events you can attend.
 
7. Create a MTB skills park at your school. Many trail features can be built in a small area to allow riders to practice their skills under the watchful eye of teachers. Make your own features using the information in Dirt Schools or find a local trail builder who can assist. 
 
8. Hold a small race at the school or other approved race venue and invite other schools to participate. Your local club may assist you as they run races as a normal part of their function. Check out our commissaries Level 1 course for more information about running a mountain bike event. 
 

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