About this activity
Suitable for secondary schools.
Take part in a bike polo competition as a fun way for your pupils to meet with other schools in your borough, learn new skills and develop their cycling confidence.
Anyone who can ride a bike one-handed can play the game. In bike polo balance, control and hand-eye co-ordination is more important than strength, speed and stamina, making it accessible to pupils of all physical-fitness levels.
Contact your borough officer to find out whether bike polo is supported by your school’s borough.
What you’ll need
- Two enthusiastic teams of five players (a total of 12-14 pupils including substitutes)
- Other schools in your borough to play against
- A hard surface about the size of a netball court. Games can take place in sports halls, on astro-turf or grass
- Bikes, mallets and street hockey balls (or any lightweight, hard-shell ball)
How to evidence your activity
- Record the feedback from participants
- Add your story to the STARS website. Explain the activity, add photos and include pupils’ feedback. Also include any promotional materials or risk assessments you produce
Speak to your borough officer
Ask your borough officer whether your school’s borough is running a bike polo competition
Discuss your ideas with your head teacher and senior management team and complete risk assessments
Promote the competition
Spread the word about the bike polo competition in your school's newsletter, on notice boards and in assemblies
Tell your story
Feedback to your borough officer and add your story to the STARS website
This activity counts towards:
- Travel activity
How it helps
- Develops balance and coordination
- Raises the profile of cycling
- Builds relationships with other schools
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