SCUM Academy


For younger riders that want to improve their MTB skills.

The SCUM Academy is a great way for younger riders to improve their skills.  


There are two academy squads; a "Groms" squad and a "Shredders" squad. 


The "Groms" squad is suited to less experienced riders and those relatively new to mountain biking, however riders must be confident on their mountain bike; this is not a "learn to ride group".  The Groms squad will ride at a variety of trails. It is expected that "Groms" will regularly compete at SCUM events and participate in SCUM trail work days  The "Groms" meet on Tuesdays on a variety of SCUM trails.


The "Shredders" squad is suited to more advanced riders who have some solid riding experience and are looking for a more intensive training experience. The Shredders will ride at a variety of trails.  It is expected that "Shredders" will regularly compete at SCUM races, as well as other MTB races including the annual "Willo Enduro" and the "NSW State Titles representing SCUM. Participation at SCUM trail work days is also expected. The "Shredders" meet on Thursdays.


Numbers are limited, with a maximum 10 per group.  If the EOI exceeds the number of spots available, participants will be chosen based on merit, participation in MTB events and demonstrated commitment to SCUM.


For enquiries, send an email to 


The coach for both academies is Lynne Vaughan, accredited MTB coach.


Expressions of Interest (EOI) for Term 2, 2022 are now closed 


The Tuesday "Groms" squad is 4:30-6:00pm, commencing Tue 26 April  - Tue 28 June 

Cost: $90.00 for the term (to be paid in full before Tue 26 April)



The Thursday "Shredders" squad is 4.30-6:00pm, commencing Thu 28 Apr  - Thu 30 June.

Cost: $90.00 for the term (to be paid in full before Thu 28 April)



Eligibility and Terms & Conditions (T&C's)


To be eligible for the SCUM Academy riders must meet all the criteria below:

  • Be a Race Member (either Off-Road or All Discipline) of AusCycling with SCUM nominated as your club (NB: NOT a Free Trial membership)
  • Aged between 12-17 years
  • Have a well maintained mountain bike and a safety approved helmet
  • Be able to commit to the full term program, attending one session per week


  • EOI's are now closed
  • Before submitting your EOI ensure you note all of the conditions as listed above. Please do not apply unless you meet ALL the criteria
  • Send your EOI to and ensure you include; 
    • the squad you wish to apply for, 
    • your full name, 
    • DOB, 
    • contact number,  
    • Auscycling membership number,
    • a few sentences describing why you would like to be part of the SCUM academy
  • Successful applicants will be contacted by email and invited to attend the first academy session for the term. At this session our coach Lynne will conduct a basic assessment of your riding to ensure that you are placed in the appropriate academy squad. 

Where to find our trails:

The two main courses used are Cabbage Tree Lane and Coondoo, both are easy to find.


"Cabbage" is just off Yalwal Road, West Nowra, about 1 km down 'Cabbage Tree Lane'.  There's a MAP on our Social Scene Page and a Google map link is right here


For directions to Coondoo and all other SCUM trails click here.



If you're keen to help out in the SCUM academies - please let us know.  All helpers must hold a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC) from the Office of the Children's Guardian - the 'Free' volunteer option is all that is required.  For more details or to volunteer contact us via our contact page or direct at



Active Kids Program 


Did you know you can use your Active Kids voucher to join SCUM.  AusCycling is pleased to be a registered activity provider with the NSW Government’s Active Kids program and can accept Active Kids Vouchers!


Vouchers can be used for club and AusCycling membership; unfortunately they cannot be used for individual events entry fees.


To use a voucher follow the instructions on the AusCycling website:


Novice / Junior riders

Novice events cater for anyone new to Mountain Biking.  If you want to get out there and have a go without feeling the need to 'race' then this style of event is right for you.  Previous participants have included mums, dads, brothers, sisters, young and old; anyone that was keen. 


Novice events coincide with each of the XC events and take in some of the best bits of each trail.  They are short and sweet with a few of the bigger lumps and bumps excluded.  Each Novice event runs in a marathon style with the course closing after the 30 minute mark, riders can do as many laps as they want or can in the allocated time (the overall riding time can therefore vary - can be up to approx 45 minutes).


Kudos to Mason Mawer & Scott Woods for coordinating the Novice events, plus all of the extras that regularly lend a hand; we can always use more help though so don't be frightened to put your hand up.