Secret Squirrel Bike Club

Secret Squirrel Bike Club

To participate in the bike club, participants need to:

  1. Be able to ride a bike without stabilisers and start and stop independently
  2. Have a bike helmet (that fits)
  3. Have a road-worthy bike (with bar end plugs, working brakes, pumped up tyres and working chain and gears). It is the parentís/guardianís responsibility to ensure that the childís bike is in a safe condition to ride

Dates and costs

  • Secret Squirrel Bike Club - Mondays (Year 4 only) at Kemsing Primary School (19 April-24 May inclusive, after school til 4:20). (No session 3 May). FULLY BOOKED
  • Squirrelettes - Fridays (Years 3 and 4 girls only) at Kemsing Primary School (23 April-21 May inclusive, after school til 4:20). FULLY BOOKED

Existing members - the cost for the 5 x 1hr sessions is £37.50.

New members - the cost for the 5 x 1hr sessions is £47.50, which includes a one-off £10 payment for a Secret Squirrel Bike Club t-shirt.

The training sessions

Bike - focus on cycle skills in risk-assessed traffic-free environments (school playground and field and Kemsing common field). Skills include braking, mounting and dismounting the bike, cornering, descending and riding 1-handed (for signalling and balance practice).

Covid-19 guidance when attending session (following guidance from the British Triathlon Federation)

We are living in strange times but Iím confident that all of the following wonít stop the joy of two wheels and planting the seed of a passion that will last your children for life! Bikes offer speed, excitement, challenge, reward, freedom and the valuable lessons in getting back up again after a fall.

To keep everyone as safe as possible, please read and ensure the participant understands the following:

  • Participants should not leave home to participate in the sessions if they, or someone they live with, has any of the following: high temperature, a new continuous cough, a loss of or change to your sense of smell or taste.
  • It is the participantís responsibility to be sufficiently fit and healthy to participate in bike activities.
  • Participants should have washed bike gloves for each season and wash their riding kit after each session.
  • The sharing of equipment (bikes, helmets, water bottles, snacks, etc.) must be avoided.
  • Participants must remain socially distanced throughout the sessions. Keep at least 2 metres apart from other people whenever possible whilst riding - be respectful and allow other riders and pedestrians to pass at a safe distance where necessary.
  • Social distancing on arrival/leaving and post-session should be adhered to. Participants should arrive changed and ready to ride. When arriving the participants will be allocated a cone to stand by for a briefing and bike and helmet check before we start.
  • I will keep a temporary record of all participants at every session delivered for 21 days to assist with requests for data to support the governmentís test and trace initiative.

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Meet the coach

Claire Hitchings competes for Great Britain in their age group team and has won multiple World, European and National titles across triathlon and duathlon (both road and off-road). She is a British Triathlon Federation Level 2 Diploma triathlon coach. She is sports first aid trained, Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checked and insured through the British Triathlon Federation. She holds a sport science degree and a PhD in sport psychology. She has attended the sports coach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop as well as the NSPCC Designated Safeguarding Officer course.

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