Sprocket Rocket Programme


Shimna Rockets who completed the 1st Programme which ended on 27th June 2015. The Rockets continue to participate in the extended summer programme every Friday night during summer months and Saturday afternoon from September onward..

Sprocket Rocket was launched by Cycling Ireland in 2010, and it is a cycling skills programme aimed at teaching young riders the fundamental skills involved in cycling. It is normally run as an 8 week programme, with each session taking one hour. Sprocket Rocket was developed for young children, with an aim of increasing the competence and confidence of young riders.

To date over 5000 children have benefited from Sprocket Rocket, which is run in a variety of locations and formats, from schools or clubs, to summer camps and taster sessions. Sprocket Rocket has a strong emphasis on FUN and constant coaching.

Sprocket Rocket comes from Australia, where it is run as a BMX programme for young riders.

Shimna Wheelers Sprocket Rocket Bike Skills Course

What is Sprocket Rocket?

Sprocket Rocket is Cycling Ireland’s skills programme that teaches boys and girls aged 7-11 years old, through three progressions, 4 fundamental cycling skills of Cornering, Pedalling, Braking and Balance, by qualified “Sprocket Rocket” Instructors.

When and Where?

The Course next course will be run every Saturday from 10.00am -11.00am starting in September 2015 at St Mary’s Primary School, 31A Elmgrove Park, Newcastle, BT33 0BA. The school grounds provide a secure and safe environment. There is also plenty of car parking spaces on site and toilet facilities are available.

How much is the Sprocket Rocket course?

Our Sprocket Rocket Course will cost each participant £20. This will include this years club membership and this years Cycling Ireland membership which provides insurance cover and access to a range of Cycling Ireland approved events. Participants will receive a personal logbook and certificate on completion.

How many weeks will the course run for?

The initial course will run for 9 weeks. The first 8 weeks will involve covering the skills base in a fun and safe environment. On week 9 we hope to hold the final session in one of our amazing local parks followed by a short picnic. Details will be sent well in advance.

What do you need to bring to the course?

For each session you should bring a bike and helmet. The bike should be in reasonable condition and all parts safe to ride. Helmets are compulsory for all club run activities and should fit properly. Clothing should be comfortable and loose trouser bottoms should be avoided as they can get tangled in chain. Clothing should be appropriate for the time of year and weather conditions. We would recommend you bring a rain coat to all sessions. The sessions only last for 1 hour but you may wish to bring a healthy drink or water bottle.

How to book: Please email peadarjcurran@gmail.com, or contact me on 07808931514, with the details of your child(ren) and we will forward you an application form(s) or you can download from our website. All parent(s)/guardian(s) will be required to complete and sign our parental consent form before your child can be accepted on this course.

Please note: Only 24 places available so book early. We will be establishing a waiting list for future courses.

Application Form can be downloaded here – Please call first to ensure places are still available. Sprocket Rocket or Youth Consent Form

Please also download a copy of our Code of ConductSprocket Rocket Code of Conduct.

Download a copy of our Q&A here Sprocket Rocket QandA

For further details of the sprocket rocket programme see: http://www.cyclingireland.ie/page/programmes/sprocket-rocket

see some pics etc. from our programme: http://shimnawheelers.com/sprocket-rocket-update/

Above: A clip from day 1 – 2nd May 2015

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