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The Ride Mossley mountain bike program returned this year to Egmont Street Park in Mossley, Tameside. Two extra special sessions were delivered at the Dirt Factory Pop-Up in Manchester.

The 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 during 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.

“Something to do”

“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. 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 and open spaces. We also have a number of bike games which are popular with riders. These games teach bike balance, handling skills and correct body position.

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 likely to repeat a particular activity. At Dirt Factory, if people are having fun on their 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, well-being and confidence, and are more likely to cycle more often.

New funding?

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. 

Interested in volunteering your time and supporting Mossley Sports Forum contact Peter Wilkinson by email [email protected]