We work almost exclusively in special schools and have developed an acute understanding of the requirements we come across in all schools. We know everyone has different levels of capability and we are very sensitive towards that. Coaches are on hand every step of the way and we like to think we have seen it all and adapted, though we are also mindful of and prepared for situations we are yet to encounter.

We have developed a very considered introduction that takes about 10 minutes. It covers everything they need to know about the course, what we expect from them and what they can expect from us as well as establishing the boundaries. The main objectives of the introduction are:

1. to Allay feelings of overwhelm in students by telling them that whilst we will be working with over 150 different tools and parts. We will only be talking about that part or tool as it is being worked with. This way we can slowly become familiar with the newly introduced parts and tools.

2. Tell students that regardless of their current knowledge of cycle mechanics or the knowledge of their immediate peers within the group, if they are willing to participate and engage with us then by the end of the course, we will all know the same.

3. Tell students that they are in a safe space and that there are no silly questions and that they can ask as many or as often as they like.

4. We tell students that we are a friendly bunch and that whilst we want them to learn, the course is going to be fairly informal and quite relaxed.

We come to you.

Whether that's a class room or a front room. All works are carried out on site at your location so no need for expensive cabs or minibuses.

For those who have no space, it is possible to rent a local venue and conduct The VeloBuild Project from there.

We have coaches across the country so you can be assured that we cover your area.
We build courses around your timetable. We want you to have maximum flexibility. We have various lots of formats to suit your requirements from single visit builds to 6-visit builds. Each build takes around 6 hours to complete.

We have a 2-session per visit minimum policy (excluding one-day build). So, you could have just 2 students, but they would be in 2 separate sessions. Our experience shows that groups of 3 work best for focused attention and group dynamics.

However, we can go up to 4 in a group at a push. In short, the answer is 2-6 students. 8 at a push. For new or small schools with a low number of students we will make exceptions, but we will have to fit this into a term in a slightly different format. We would essentially see 3 students in for 90 mins in the morning and the same group in the afternoon and repeat this a day / week later depending on the distance from us to your location.
We have a format to suit every single time table. Below, you can see just the commonly delivered formats. If you can find what will suit your timetable, we'll make one for you that fits.
We have worked with students as young as 8 and as old as 25 but there's not really any limits. 
Yes. It is very common for sessions to be made up of varying year groups. 
Each student requires approximately 16sq/ft of space to work in. Plus another 16sq/ft for the coaches’ area. In a group of 3 students and 1 coach, the size of a medium-sized lounge is adequate. We are yet to be given a workspace in which we have not found a way to deliver the courses effectively and safely.

A good-sized broom cupboard is sufficient though we do have options for those with no storage space.
We request that schools help us to keep the gap between the sessions to between 15-30 minutes.

The time taken for a student to complete the build will vary based on engagement and capability. Students that may take longer due to circumstances will, in all instances, receive that little bit more care and attention.

Students in a group will receive 6 hours of VeloBuild practical training. Students in a 1on1 format will receive 4 hours of Velobuild practical training. Costs are adjusted accordingly.
In short, no. This is, of course, entirely, your decision and we are fully open to your wishes here, should you prefer to have a supporting staff member in the sessions. Our experience has shown that we get a better rapport and level of attentiveness from students when we work alone with them.

We have developed a very robust introduction to our course which has many purposes. It’s here we tell students everything they can expect from the course, what we expect from them and what they can expect from us. It is to put students who may be experiencing feelings of angst at ease and it is here where we set out our boundaries. We have found that familiar faces in our sessions often leads students to act up. But, again, this is your call.

When no support is supplied their is an expectation of a working radio and someone on hand to respond to transmissions from the coach.
We have designed and developed our courses for students without severe handicaps. But we are a fully inclusive company. If you have someone who you would like to see on our course but are concerned about their physical and mental capability and agency. Please do tell us and we will work with you to see that there is a course that can be built around them. Our courses have delivered to boys and girls from ages 8 -18 of from varying degrees of SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) and SEMH (Social and Emotional Mental Health) requirements. We tailor our delivery to our student based on any given course. E.G. A student who is fully paid up and wants to pursue a career in cycle mechanics will receive a fully immersive learning experience with coaches delivering all supporting materials. Whereas a year six student may not be able or willing to take on large swathes of information in this way. So, we will modify his or her learning experience according to our best judgement.
We work closely with you to deliver any EHCP (Educational Health Care Plan) you have in place for any given student. 


Oftentimes, the experience or skills a student says they have and the reality are not always perfectly aligned. But in circumstances where we can see a student is highly capable, we have many ‘test and stretch’ add-ins to deliver.
We also offer short, 3-session ‘bolt-on’ courses geared toward advanced cycle mechanics such as wheel building and truing, brake bleeding, spray painting and finishing.
We work almost exclusively in special schools and have developed an acute understanding of the requirements we come across in all schools. We know everyone has different levels of capability and we are very sensitive towards that. Coaches are on hand every step of the way and we like to think we have seen it all and adapted, though we are also mindful of and prepared for situations we are yet to encounter.
Some of the considerations we make are and our strategies are:
1.Allay feelings of overwhelm in students by telling them that whilst we will be working with over 150 different tools and parts. We will only be talking about that part or tool as it is being worked with. This way we can slowly become familiar with the newly introduced parts and tools.
2. Tell students that regardless of their current knowledge of cycle mechanics or the knowledge of their immediate peers within the group, if they are willing to participate and engage with us then by the end of the course, we will all know the same.
3. Tell students that they are in a safe space and that there are no stupid questions and that they can ask as many or as often as they like.
4. We tell students that we are a friendly bunch and that whilst we want them to learn, the course is going to be fairly informal and quite relaxed.

We have developed a very robust introduction that takes about 10 minutes. It covers everything they need to know about the course, what we expect from them and what they can expect from us as well as establishing the boundaries. We ask that students allow us this period at the start of the course to give them all the info they need before we very quickly move on to the practical.

We use the tried and tested method: E.D.I.P.
• E-Explanation. At the beginning of each task, we explain what we are about to do.
• D-Demonstration. We demonstrate to students the task at hand.
• I-Imitation. Students return to their workstations to imitate what they have just seen.
• P- Practice. We return to tasks at points along the way to refresh and practice what they have learned.
No, there is very little theory. The course is heavily practical. There is some very basic administration of their progress tracking paperwork, but students are given the option as to whether they fill this in themselves or have it done by us. We always check discreetly with students to avoid any embarrassment.
Sure, it’s an unhurried and progressive, 21-module course that takes in 50 separate tasks of varying degrees of difficulty. There are 3 levels of cycle mechanics: basic, intermediate and advanced. We will be covering the first two levels. For those students who are showing a real keenness towards cycle mechanics, we can deliver some advanced tasters to ‘test and stretch’. We endeavour to tailor our sessions to the group’s capabilities and capacities. For those of a school leaving age, we would look to deliver our full immersion model. This aims to give students the skills and confidence to take into the workplace as a trainee cycle mechanic or apprentice. Conversely, when working with year 5 students, we look to give an appropriate and relevant amount of info.
Yes, we have a meticulously detailed programme learning guide complete with Lesson plans and PtMs*. We also have a public copy with just the key information such as the module summary, subtasks and what students will learn in that module. We can forward a copy of this to you in Word format.

*Note: PtMs are Points to Mention, this gives every coach talking points about all tools, parts and tasks such as what the tool / part is called, its role, what it’s made from, how available it is and how much it costs.
We allow for those who want to learn by listening to learn by listening, and those who want to learn for themselves to learn more independently. We don’t believe that a simple attempt to transfer knowledge by verbalising the entire learning programme is the best way to coach. We encourage students to be able to discreetly feedback their thoughts and methods to us. In addition, we have 10 laminated student reference sheets which go on the wall for them to be able to source information such as the anatomy of their bike and all part names in diagrammatic form, torque specs, upcoming modules, what fixings they will encounter and what tool works with that fixing, direction of turn, how their bike looked at the start and how it will look after all their efforts.
Whilst dangerous situations can occur anywhere, anytime, we have full risk assessments for all of our learning programmes.


We carry all data sheets for all the products we use.

All of our coaches go through a rigorous 8-week training programme to ensure they are fully safety aware.
Yes. All our staff hold an enhanced DBS certification.

You can request these from the office or see our friendly coach whilst they are visiting who will have a copy of their own certificate. Originals are held centrally.
Yes. Our staff have read and understood The Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 document. We also ensure that staff have read this document on a biannual basis.
Yes, we have a full VeloBuild Risk Assessment that is reviewed bi-annually.

You can request this from the office or see our friendly coach whilst they are visiting who will have a copy in their Coach's Manual.

Originals are held centrally.

Yes, we have an in-house Safeguarding Policy that all staff have read and signed and is reviewed bi-annually.

This document is available at Head Office on request.

Whilst there are only a very small number of times we use products that require safety data sheets.

We have available, on demand, sheets for the following products:
  • Chain Oil
  • Bicycle Grease 
  • Anti-Bacterial Handwipes.
You can request these from the office or see our friendly coach whilst he is visiting.
Yes, we have full public liability insurance through a specialised insurer and we are covered up to £10 million.

Just so you know, we also have:
  • Employer's Liability: £10m
  • Professional Indemnity: £2m
  • Products Liability: £2m
You can request a copy of the public liability from the office or see our friendly coach whilst he is visiting.

 Original Certificate held centrally.
We have a high level of attention to safety, safeguarding and compliance so you can rest assured that you are in good hands.

Our coaches will also carry copies of there driving licence, our vehicle insurance, an accident book plus all pertinent policies.

You can request copies from the office or see our friendly coach whilst he is visiting.

Originals held centrally.
Yes, we advise that breaks are built in, particularly on the 2hr+ session lengths. We do find though that when we offer breaks to students, they just want to keep going which is a good barometer of how engaged they are with the project. Do be mindful however that if we have a group of three and one wants to take the break on offer then the rest of the group must break too to maintain collective progress.
We build courses around the specific needs and timetables of our Education Partners so you can be sure we will already have or be able to create a programme tailored to your school. Variables such as number of visits, students and length of sessions all have an impact on cost.

Shown below is the most commonly delivered course format and costing.

  • 6 Students (split into 2 groups) 
  • 3 Visits
  • Each group receives 120 mins per visit
  • Each student receives 6hrs of practical training
  • Includes the cost of 6 bikes, lights sets, locks and helmets
  • Maximum of 8 students total
  • £2650

  • 3 Students 
  • 2 x 90 minute sessions per visit (E.G. Either side of lunch)
  • 2 Visits
  • Each student receives 6hrs of practical training
  • Includes the cost of 3 bikes, lights sets, locks and helmets
  • Maximum of 4 students total
  • £1500

  • 1 Student
  • One-Day Build
  • Completes in about 4 - 4.5hrs
  • Breaks will be built in around existing timetables
  • Includes the cost of bike, lights set, lock and helmet
  • Maximum of 4 students total
  • £650


Breaks can be built in to sessions if required

Courses delivered over fewer visits (longer sessions times) are less costly due to lower staffing and travel costs.

There are lots of other formats that cater for single students up to 8 total.
Breaks can be built into all sessions.
I.E. 30 mins> Break> 30 mins (60 mins total session time),
45 mins> Break> 45 mins (90 mins total)

All examples include the cost of:
1 x Brand New Mountain Bike, 1 x Helmet, 1 x Light Set and 1 x Lock FOR EACH STUDENT.

All costs are plus VAT

Format 1) One Day Build - 1 Group of Students
  • We work with students from pieces to completion and build their breaks around your existing timetable.

  • 4 Students - £350 per student or £1400
  • 3 Students - £383 per student or £1150
  • 2 Students - £450 per student or £900
  • 1 Student - £650

Format 2) 90 Minute Sessions - 1 Group of Students
  • 2 x 90 minute sessions per visit. 
  • 2 visits total.

  • 4 Students - £462 per student or £1850
  • 3 Students - £533 per student or £1600
  • 2 Students - £675 per student or £1350
  • 1 Student - £1100

Format 3) 60 Minute Sessions - 1 Group of Students
  • 2 x 60 minute sessions per visit.
  • 3 visits total.

  • 4 Students - £525 per student or £2100
  • 3 Students - £616 per student or £1850
  • 2 Students - £750 per student or £1500
  • 1 Student - £1250

Format 5) 120 Minute Sessions - Students are divided into two groups of students. Each group gets 1 session per visit.
  • 2 x 120 minute sessions per visit.
  • 3 visits total.

  • 8 Students - £393 per student or £3150
  • 7 Students - £414 per student or £2900
  • 6 Students - £441 per student or £2650
  • 5 Students - £480 per student or £2400
  • 4 Students - £537 per student or £2150
  • 3 Students - £633 per student or £1900     
  • 2 Students minimum - £825 per student or £1650




Format 6) 90 Minute Sessions - Students are divided into two groups of students. Each group gets 1 session per visit.
  • 2 x 90 minute sessions per visit.
  • 4 visits total.

  • 8 Students - £431 per student or £3450
  • 7 Students - £457 per student or £3200
  • 6 Students - £491 per student or £2950
  • 5 Students - £540 per student or £2700
  • 4 Students - £612 per student or £2450
  • 3 Students - £733 per student or £2200
  • 2 Students minimum - £975 per student or £1950




Format 7) 60 Minute Sessions - Students are divided into two groups of students. Each group gets 1 session per visit.
  • 2 x 60 minute sessions per visit.
  • 6 visits total.

  • 8 Students - £493 per student or £3950
  • 7 Students - £528 per student or £3700
  • 6 Students - £575 per student or £3450
  • 5 Students - £640 per student or £3200
  • 4 Students - £737 per student or £2950
  • 3 Students - £900 per student or £2700
  • 2 Students minimum - £1225 per student or £2450