As Club Secretary of the Bushrangers Mountain Bike Club, I saw an unmet need amongst our members: a comprehensive training curriculum to cater to all skill levels. My mission? To grow and empower members, boost confidence on the trails, and ignite a passion for riding, all while minimising financial barriers.
Of course, the path wasn’t smooth. I faced three major hurdles: diverse needs, limited resources, and maintaining engagement within a tight budget. But the Bushrangers are a resourceful bunch, and we tackled these challenges head-on.
Solutions for Every Rider.
- Listening to stakeholders: A thorough needs assessment and surveys informed workshop topics and difficulty levels, ensuring everyone found their perfect fit and had their say.
- Partnerships: We strategised with qualified coaches, bike shops, and first aid providers, expanding our expertise and reach.
- Flexible Formats for Flexible Schedules: From “Rookie Rides” on beginner-friendly trails to in-depth maintenance sessions, we catered to all skill levels and time constraints.
- Communication: Regular updates on the website, email, and social media kept members engaged and informed, building a thriving online community.
- Funding: Proactive grant acquisition from local and state governments secured crucial funding, making the program more accessible and cost-effective for everyone.
The results were as exhilarating as conquering a challenging trail. We saw:
- Soaring Participation: The program boomed with high member engagement, fostering a vibrant and growing club, partly fueled by the grant-funded affordability.
- Confidence increased: Riders reported improved skills, bike-fixing know-how, and a newfound trail confidence. Check out one of my ideas here.
- Stronger Community Spirit: “Rookie Rides” built camaraderie and eased new members into the Bushrangers family.
- Positive Feedback: Member surveys and comments praised the program’s value and encouraged expansion.
From this journey, I gleaned invaluable lessons that will make us even better:
- Listening is the Key: Feedback is the roadmap to program refinement and relevance. Our new annual survey and virtual suggestion box provided great ideas.
- Partnerships are Power: Collaboration is a force multiplier for expertise and impact.
- Variety is the Spice of Life: Diverse options and accessible formats attract broader participation and cater to individual needs.
- Grant acquisition and acquittal: Securing grants not only expands reach and reduces barriers, but also strengthens program sustainability. Applying for grants is an advanced skill-set in itself.