The Ride Mossley mountain bike program returned once again this year to Egmont Street Park, Mossley along with two extra special sessions delivered from the Dirt Factory Pop-Up in Manchester.
Ther Ride Mossley project, funded via Mossley Sports Forum and the Big Lottery, is a series of free mountain bike skills courses for 8 to 16 year olds available throughout the school holidays. The Ride Mossley project was first introduced in 2018 and its mission is simple, to get more young people active through positive and challenging experiences. Dirt Factory was commissioned to deliver a number of fun and engaging sessions which left the riders thirsty for more. What Dirt Factory teaches you is that you don’t have to have a fancy bike or equipment to be able to enjoy riding on two wheels (or sometimes one wheel if wheelies are your thing).
“As a parent I thought the Ride Mossley project was a great idea. The sessions have taught my son most of the skills required to start biking and also giving him the confidence to try new things like the ramp and air bag which he thought was great. The lads who run it were great with the kids, taking their time with them and also answering all the questions that were given to them. It gave all the kids something to do over the holidays as well.” Parent, N. Knowles.
Each session aims to teach riders a range of basic and essential bike skills using natural trail features, humps and bumps found on cycle permitted bridle paths, open spaces and little snickets. The Dirt Factory team also have a number of bike games which are popular with riders which teach bike balance, handling skills and correct body positions.
At the heart of all the riding and teaching is one very important ingredient, making it fun. If people are having fun they’re more than likely going to repeat a particular activity. At Dirt Factory, if people are having fun on the bikes, they’re more likely to ride their bike again. Central to the Dirt Factory ethos is that by having fun on your bike, you will improve your skills, health, wellbeing and confidence, and are more likely to cycle more often.
Now that the Ride Mossley sessions have come to an end, Mossley Sports Forum are looking at ways to attract new funding to engage more young people from across Tameside.
If you would be interested in volunteering your time and supporting Mossley Sports Forum in any possible way please contact Peter Wilkinson by email firstname.lastname@example.org