Organising an inspiring school trip? Want to promote cycling and physical activity in a fun way? Find out how Dirt Factory can support your school offering.
Dirt Factory has a variety of pre-designed school sessions that are designed to complement various stages of the national curriculum. Bring a school group to our Dirt Factory Manchester indoor bike park or commission Dirt Factory to run sessions at your school, college or other external site. We have the equipment, skills and experience to organise and deliver an exciting programme tailored specifically to your needs.
Putting the fun into physical exercise
Our activities range from beginner's cycle coaching for young people and fun reward days, to supervised airbag and pump track sessions, enterprise workshops and bike maintenance classes. All of our Dirt Factory cycling sessions for school groups are delivered by fully qualified bike coaches who are each first-aid trained and DBS checked. As well as schools, we work with alternative education providers and networks that support parents who provide home schooling.
Dirt Factory has already inspired thousands of people to pick up their bikes and get riding more often. If you would like to find out more about our Dirt Factory school sessions please call us on 07388 097 750 or email [email protected] .
What’s on offer
Whatever your objectives you’ll see a positive impact and outcome for all participants that will have them asking questions and challenging your expectations. Our friendly, encouraging and experienced coaches create sessions with clear objectives and outcomes for all abilities and ages.
All sessions include exclusive track time, professional coaching, bike and protective equipment and light refreshments.
At Dirt Factory we all share a passion for cycling and the positive impacts it can have for individuals. We want to share our passion and help others to reap the benefits of riding bikes whatever their age or ability.
We have morning and afternoon slots Monday to Friday during school term, with flexible session start/end times to fit your requirements.
- One Off / Taster session, Half day / 3 hours.
- 6 Week / Term Program. Morning or afternoon session, 2 hours x 6
- School trips
- Visiting Your Venue
*Suitable for primary and secondary education including colleges and universities.
Group size and Ratios
Instructor / Student Ratio = 1:8
Maximum group sizes = 16/32
Too many pupils?
Groups with over 16 participants will be split into 2 or more groups of 16 or less. This ensures correct ratios and a better experience for participants. School staff are encouraged to join the sessions, for safeguarding reasons there must be a minimum of two adults present with any group.
What to expect
All our staff are experienced in working with a wide range of pupils, sessions will offer progression, challenge and an exciting reward for pupils of all ages and abilities.
One Off / Taster sessions are the ideal introduction for schools looking to reward pupils. They’re also a great opportunity to see how sessions run and the positive outcomes before committing to a 6 week or extended program, available for class sizes up to 32 pupils.
We have secure on-site parking for coaches, minibuses and cars, easily accessed from the Mancunian Way.
Public Transport - Easy to access on foot approximately a six minute walk from Manchester Piccadilly Train station. Map and Risk Assessment provided.
Prices and Further Information
Please view pricing and further information here. Funding is available for schools, colleges and groups which can cover part or all of the costs of your session or programme. Dirt Factory staff are on hand to assist with a range of funding options. Please contact us for more details about funding and matched funding opportunities.
How to book
Speak to us now as availability and funding is limited just call our schools co-ordinator and they will do the rest. Pre-filled risk assessments, session plans, transport plans and maps, plus easy to fill parental consent forms are all ready for you.
"My son took part in one of the junior coaching sessions and loved it... Great place!"
"Awesome bike park, friendly staff and good value. A very good day was had!"
"Really cool place for the kids and grownups. Great place on a rainy day for a spot of mountain biking and a nice little cafe stop."
"What an amazing day the children have had! They have been talking about it since they came back and there is a 'buzz' about the Dirt Factory."
Improving health, wellbeing and confidence
We are big believers in the power of cycling and the positive impact it has on both physical and mental health. Our pump track gets the blood pumping but equally important, it inspires confidence and delivers fun!