HOPE VALLEY COLLEGE – SET TO BECOME A CYCLING HUB IN RURAL DERBYSHIRE
Following the success of Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership member schools in the
new cyclo-cross competition at this summer’s Derbyshire School Games, Hope Valley College – one of the five secondary schools in the Rural Derbyshire School Sport Partnership – is set to become a key hub for cycling in rural Derbyshire with a new programme of British Cycling supported coaching sessions for the students and local community.
Assistant Principal Richard Beeden, said, “We have been identified by British Cycling as a hotbed for cycling development. We’ll be an affiliated club which will mean primary school children in the area as well as local adults will benefit from regular 6 week blocks of coaching.”
Hope Valley College’s Bike Club has been running for four years. The school boasts a 500m bike track and a fleet of 10 mountain bikes and a new Pump Track is near completion.
In September, hundreds of riders took part in the 14th edition of the annual Hope Valley Mountain Bike Challenge charity ride, organized by the schools Parent Teachers and Friends Association to raise money for the school and local mountain rescue teams.
Each week Mountain Bike coach Ian Pollard spends Wednesdays working with groups of
students and each month on Saturday mornings Richard Beeden organises a bike club for
primary school children in the Hope Valley.
Mr Beeden added, “Our success at the School Games was a big reward for our investment with the children. The children really enjoyed the competitive aspect. We had to pick a team of 6 from 15 to 20 who wanted to go but they understand their strengths and weaknesses. Like any sport some are better than others but the PE Department have really embraced cycling.”
“Cycling is part of PE lessons – just like football or rugby – and for the last four years at Sports Day we’ve had a cyclo-pursuit event.”
“Community links are very important. Hope Valley is a community college so we already have a lot of resources on site that local people use like the library and there are often adult classes at the same times as the student lessons so cycling is simply an extension of that. For example, the new pump track will be available for community use.”
Rural Derbyshire Schools Sport Partnership
Aspire, Achieve, Advance
Based at Anthony Gell School, Wirksworth, Via Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4DX
Partnership Development Manager: Janice Price
Tel: 01629 825577 Fax: 01629 824864 Mobile: 07930 358346
Photo above shows Hope Valley College students celebrating gold in Cyclo-Cross at Derbyshire School Games in July 2014.
Hope Valley College website address www.hvcollege.com
Derbyshire School Games (July) Results
GOLD: Yr 5&6 Cyclocross – A mixed RDSSP team with pupils from Great Hucklow, Osmaston & Lea secured joint top position with the team Amber Valley team.
GOLD: Yr 7&8 Cyclocross – Riders from Hope Valley College claimed the top spot in this new event.
SILVER: Yr 7&8 Cyclocross – A mixed team from Anthony Gell and Highfields rode their hearts out against stiff competition from some nationally ranked cyclists.
Read the full Derbyshire School Games Report results in our September newsletter: