|Through the sport of mountain biking young people will have the opportunity to develop the skills, values, and strategies that will guide them throughout their lives and enable them to succeed in school and in life.
– Sprockids Mission Statement
Doug Detwiller, a teacher on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, originally created Sprockids as a Self-Esteem and Anger Management Program to engage his reluctant learners.
Today Sprockids has evolved into a multi-faceted program used in 21 countries by teachers, cycling clubs, community programs, First Nations, IBDs, Boys & Girl Clubs, ski resorts, police departments, parents, National Cycling Programs, and many other groups wanting to teach young people the necessary skills to enjoy mountain biking in a safe and fun manner.
Since its humble beginning in 1990, Sprockids has engaged hundreds of thousands of young people in the life-long activity of mountain biking around the world. Sprockids is a living, breathing program that continues to grow, adapt, and expand to meet the needs of today’s young riders.
In 2013, Giant Bicycles Canada partnered up with Sprockids to further develop and refine the program. A new logo was designed, along with the development of new instructional material, soon to be offered in both French and English. Over the course of two years over 285 Sprockids Leaders have been trained. New Sprockids Programs are happening from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland and everywhere in between!
Sprockids has also partnered up with the Tim Horton’s Children Foundation to develop a “Mini Sprockids Program” for their summer camps. Each year thousands of their campers discover the thrill of mountain biking. Sprockids is also helping out with the Canucks Autism Network by teaching biking skills at their camps and youth events.
Mountain biking is one of the few sports parents can actually DO with their children. Being able to share the experience with one’s children is very special. More and more adults are looking for an activity that will allow them to be active and rediscover the child within them. Having a physical outlet for our daily stress, anxiety, frustration, and anger is very important for an individual, no matter what the age. Getting out into the woods and experiencing the world of mountain biking is truly magical.
Creating a cycling community and culture is a huge part of Sprockids. Communities throughout Canada and the world are embracing mountain biking like never before, and the demand for the program just keeps on growing.
If you’re interested in learning more about Sprockids, check out the website at sprockids.com.
Sprockids is sponsored by Giant Bicycles Canada.
Supported by: Hayes Bicycle Group, (OGC) Outdoor Gear Canada, & Ryders Eyewear