THE VELOBUILD PROJECT

The VeloBuild Project is a completely practical, 'hands on' course that has proven very helpful for those students who have experienced difficulties with reading, comprehension or emotional and behavioural issues. Student feedback suggests it has given participants a very real sense of achievement and pride in the ultimate 'finished article' together with the associated skills that are developed in the process.

We supply each student with a BRAND-NEW, size-appropriate, Mountain Bike that our team has fully stripped down. Then, over the length of the course students are shown:



A) How to build their bike.
B) How to service it.
C) How to replace or renew damaged or worn components.

Each student then gets to keep the bike they have built. In addition, students are fully supported throughout the program; we give a brief description each time a new part or procedure is introduced, outlining its purpose, structure, and relation to the other mechanical parts, as well as the tools necessary to fit it and approximately how long it should take. At the end of the course, each bike is subject to a full safety check by our coach.


A) Gives students vocational knowledge and skills.
B) Promotes 'Active learning'.
C) Improved ‘motor’ skills.
D) Encourages physical activity.
E) The course can be incorporated into the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, either in the Skills section or the Expedition section (or both!)
F) The opportunity for work experience or placement in bike shops as a bike mechanic, retail outlets such as Halfords or as a cycle courier, are all viable outcomes.
G) Programmes have clearly shown significant improvement in pupil attendance and retention throughout the program.
H) The student gets to build - and keep his/her own bicycle. A major incentive!
I) All students are given a helmet, a lock and light set on completion of the course.
J) We can support you to arrange a Bikeability instructor to deliver a riding / road safety course for the students.
A) Promotes the 3 A’s – ‘Attendance, Attainment & Achievement’!
B) Increased concentration levels
C) Easing traffic around your school.
D) Encourages teamwork.
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