British cyclist helps Pool Academy students with BMX skills

Pool Academy students brushed up on their BMX skills with the help from a British Cycling coach.

Youngsters from Year’s 8 - 10 visited BMX Cornwall, in Blackwater near Truro, after school recently.

Justin Knox, a keen mountain biker and cyclist coach, was also there to teach basic riding skills and take the students through some drills.

Ryan Mills, a year 10 student who took part, said: “It was a good day.”

Julian Hosking, Pool Academy PE teacher, said the students showed potential and progress throughout the afternoon.

He said: “For some students it was the first time they had experienced this type of racing environment.

“Everyone had a huge amount of fun and they all did amazingly well.

“We want to say a big thank you to all at Cornwall BMX for this experience and to Mrs Bright in the PE department for coordinating the session.”

Justin Knox said: “I was generally impressed with everyone's willingness to have a go and also the tenacity of some of the children who often picked themselves up dusted themselves off and got on with riding the track.

“Overall I think they did really well.”

After the event all the students were given a free return pass for themselves and a friend.

Cornwall BMX is a non-profit making club that regularly meets to train and race. It caters for all ages and abilities.

Phil Jones