A passion for BMXing was ignited when students visited the outdoor BMXing track at Platt Fields in Manchester where they were introduced to the Olympic sport.
The group of year 8 students are taking part in the Talented Performers Programme, designed specifically to give students an insight into a number of sports including BMX (bicycle motocross) racing.
The Talented Performers Programme enables the high flying PE students to enhance their sporting skills with the school’s support. It incorporates all sports and the aim is to help the talented students manage and balance sporting, personal and academic demands. The BMXing experience is one of the ways that the school is providing opportunities for the high flyers to build upon their talents and develop all round skills and fitness.
The students were very receptive to coaching and once they had learnt some techniques and their confidence had grown, they were able to take part in fierce, but enjoyable, races and games and learnt race starts, jumps and cornering techniques.
“The students were able to enjoy the fun packed sessions whilst also improving their skills no matter what was their original ability,” explained Ms Laura Wild, Head of PE at Saint Paul’s. ““BMX biking is great for working on cardio-vascular fitness, burning fat and improving balance. As well as being a challenging and exhilarating sport, BMX riding conditions your cardiovascular system; pedalling your BMX bike uses various leg muscles, which burns calories and helps you to maintain a healthy weight and lifting the handlebars of your BMX to perform tricks can build and tone muscles in your arms including your biceps and triceps.”
Ms Wild added: “The students had to negotiate some difficult bumps and jumps as well as some big drops and climbs. All the students involved thoroughly enjoyed the session and demonstrated excellent attitude, behaviour and effort, which enabled them to progress very quickly.”
Mr Tony Billings, Executive Headteacher, said: “The Talented Performers scheme covers a wide range of areas influencing the sports performer, in an attempt to maximise their performance and chance of future success. At Saint Paul’s, we are committed to developing our students’ sporting skills and are keen to provide opportunities to access high quality sporting activities so they are able to develop to their full potential.”
“The coaching sessions were designed to give students a highly enjoyable and safe introduction to BMXing. They were able to join in a wide variety of activities including learning tricks, jumps, games and races. BMXing is accessible to people of all abilities and is a fantastic way to be physically active and have fun at the same time.”