Sixth former Paul Worthy from near Chepstow sent over a great story about setting up a school mountain bike club and digging a pumptrack without so much as a “oi, what do you think you’re playing at?!” from the teachers.
‘Enrichment’ lessons are where it’s at!
And the good thing is it’s not too far from DirtHQ so we’ll have to pop along and check it out soon.
Here’s what Paul said:
“I just thought I’d send you over some pics of some winter digging that’s been going on at Wyedean school.
At our sixth form we have scheduled ‘Enrichment’ lessons which occur once a week, in which students are encouraged to participate in alternative activities (cooking, knitting etc. ) So my mate and I, decided to set up a Mountain Bike Club, to allow students to ride during school, and to encourage other people to try out mountain biking. So the school gave us the digging rights to a smallish plot of land, and let us loose. Armed with only spades, forks, barrows, and a pick axe, and with the help of our friends and classmates , we began designing and building a pump track (something none of us have ever done before ). We have now finished the pumptracks first loop, and are in the process of applying for funding to buy some bikes for the school. ”
Remember to send your winter digging photos/videos/stories to Billy