CSP Rookies Group


Welcome to the Rookies, for age 7 beginners and up to 11 years *

What’s it about?

Rookie coaching sessions introduce and teach cycling skills through a variety of fun games and activities. The sessions are adapted to make them easier or harder dependent on the group. Some can be made into informal competitions or team games. Coaches will cover many of the basic cycling skills: Balance and co-ordination, stopping and braking, riding together and pace judgement. Club kit is available.

Seedhill Athletic track is the ideal venue for this age group, offering a variety of grassed areas including the ‘mini’ velodrome, plus a short off road circuit for Mountain bikes, and the wide track area for skills training.

* This is a guide only and dependant on rider progress & experience. (Under 7s see notes below).


What can CSP Rookies achieve?

The basics of safe and fun cycling, CSP awards & progression to the CSP Skillz group.

There are lots of fun sessions that the Rookies will experience:

  • Start and stop
  • Cornering
  • Pushing and scooting
  • Limbo bars
  • Bottle passes
  • Ride the circle
  • Ride the Line
  • Figure of 8 relay
  • Mini velodrome
  • Mountain bike circuit
  • Bikeability introduction
  • And many more

What’s expected of riders & parents?

Rookies can opt in and out of CSP sessions at any time. Youngsters are welcome to become members or attend informally for a maximum of 3 sessions before membership is mandatory.

The weather has a big bearing on their enjoyment particularly in cold periods, and although we rarely cancel sessions there is no pressure to attend. Rookies will prepare riders thoroughly when they are ready to move up through the CSP awards and possibly into our race teams.

Parents have a role too! You should give full support and encouragement and must remain at sessions as a condition of attendance. There are many good practical reasons for this, additional clothing, food and drink, toilet visits etc but also being part of your child’s journey with CSP. There should be no pressure to become competitive, this is 100% fun. Parents, this is a great time to think about riding too, you can play a big role with family rides. 

Pendle has excellent access routes via tow paths and cycle ways. Bull Holme playing fields Barrowford has off road and Mountain bike facilities which offers additional opportunities for the Rookies. We would encourage parents to join their children on rides and practise new skills learnt at CSP. 

We recommend all riders at the relevant school age to complete the Bikeability level 1 and 2 award if offered at school. This is a programme in road safety education. 

Parents: please read our CSP codes of conduct – this is very important

Youngsters under 7 are welcome as siblings of members but currently cannot be integrated into sessions because of coach to rider ratios and coaching guidelines. Coaches will give advice and guidance and parents are expected to supervise under 7s in the designated area and to follow any instructions from coaches.

What happens when I grow out of Rookies?

Towards the end of your time in Rookies we hope you will have many of the skills required to progress. You will have made friends and be ready to move up to the CSP Skillz group.