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The Trash Mob Academy is our first education offering and we couldn't be prouder to be able to share it with you. The programme combines environmental action, stewardship and nature connection with mountain biking in an effort to improve self esteem, confidence and overall wellbeing in young people.

Where better to get fired up about protecting wild spaces than your local trail? We reckon on two wheels is a good place to start! 

We've worked with students and teachers from PRU as well as British Cycling coaches and educational psychologists to develop this programme to a standard that will be of great benefit to your students. To be able to offer it to you is huge for us, and we hope it'll be huge for the young people that you work with to.  

 

We've proved that it can increase young people's positive connection with nature and improve their self esteem, confidence and overall wellbeing. Mountain biking has also proved to be the perfect catalyst for change in the pilots we have been able to deliver.

 

If you work in a school or with a youth group this may just be the education programme you've been looking for... 

"We might not have changed THE world (yet), but we have changed THEIR world" 

Jo Shwe, Teacher at the first TrashMob Academy Pilot

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45min - 1 hour: Nature Connection focused classroom sessions 

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Half day: MTB sessions at your local bike park or Trail Centre 

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Weekly: Emails from TFT HQ, and advice available whenever you need it

Becoming part of the TrashMob Academy is easy! Everything you need to incorporate the sessions into your curriculum, or to run as extra curricular activity is at your fingertips. Learning outcomes, Risk Assessments and permission letter templates are all available upon request. 

On top of this, a member of TFT HQ is on speed-dial to answer any questions you might have about the programme, at any time. 

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The Pilots

The first pilot of the Trash Mob Academy was completed with Jo (that teacher from a PRU that contacted us to use a logo and ended up with so much more...) and her pupils in the autumn of 2020. We've been piloting and fine tuning the programme with the help of Jo and her pupils ever since. 

Download the report below to find out our methodology behind the Trash Mob Academy and how those first pupils responded to the pilot content.

 Information for   Educators 


The Trash Mob Academy has been designed by experts in nature connection, drawing on well established and academically robust theories of learning as well as up to date nature connection research.  
Here, you'll find detail on how these theories and practices helped us create the TrashMob Academy content, how they are used in the delivery of the sessions and how they might help you! 

 

Any questions? Let us know at projects@trashfreetrails.org. We'd love to hear from you! 
 

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 How much will it cost, and   what's included?
Our pilots ran the Academy over a 6 week period, with the classroom sessions on a Monday, and the MTB sessions on a Friday. This proved to be particularly beneficial for the young people's attitude outside of the Academy content, as they were motivated to behave well and attend their other classes as they knew they would be riding bikes at the end of the week. 
However, we know that might not work for everyone. The sessions are arranged so they can be delivered over any time period you see fit. All we need to know is when you would like the coaching sessions to take place! 

Six week programme

  • 6 x 45 min - 1hr Nature Connection & Environmental Stewardship classroom sessions as presentation slides

    • Worksheets ​

    • Guidance & advice documents

  • 6 x Half Day MTB Coaching sessions with one of our network of coaching providers​

    • Bikes and equipment included​

  • Weekly phone and/or email review with TFT Projects Coordinator. ​

    • Also available any time ​

  • Professional photographer at the graduation MTB session

  • TFT Representative at graduation MTB session

  • Sprayway x TFT co-branded jackets presented to participants at graduation

  • Goody pack from our partners Sprayway, Hope & Cotic

  • Certificate of completion for each participant

  • Opportunities for progression with our partnership ecosystem.

PRICE: £1000

Not quite ready for the full Academy experience just yet? That's cool, we've created a one day version of the programme just for you. 

There's also "Trackside" - a version of the content that can be delivered by anyone, any time, at the side of any Track or Trail. Download it at the button below! 

One day programme

  • One 45 min - 1 hr Nature Connection & Environmental Stewardship classroom session as presentation slides

    • Worksheets​

    • Guidance and advice document 

  • One Half Day MTB Coaching session with one of our network of coaching providers

    • Bikes and equipment included​

  • Certificate of completion for each participant

PRICE: £400

The Trash Mob Academy has been designed with KS3 pupils from alternative provision settings in mind. However, that will not stop it being a positively impactful resource in other settings. If you are a school, bike park or group that works with young people, then this is may well be just right for your students. 

Similarly, the programme has been designed so that mountain bike skills provide a catalyst for change. If you feel your students would prefer the content without those sessions, or that element of the above is simply not feasible, the Nature Connection and Environmental Stewardship classroom sessions can be delivered independent of those sessions and whilst we haven't had the opportunity to pilot the Academy in this way, we firmly believe the young people involved will still experience improved self esteem, confidence and overall wellbeing. 

Who is the Trash Mob Academy suitable for? 
Sign up to be the first to hear more about the roll out of the programme and to receive an exclusive sample
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Our sample session is a 40 minute classroom session you can run with your pupils. 
 

It will give you an overview of the activity sessions and resources you can expect when signing up to becoming part of the Trash Mob Academy.