DIRTSCHOOL - Key Persons


Job Titles:

Andy Barlow

Andy Barlow joined Chris as a partner in Dirt School in 2009. His motivation to help as many people as possible get the most out of their time on their bikes made him the perfect match. A well celebrated rider himself, Andy adds his pragmatic attention to detail, his excellent riding ability and his love of all things cycling into his mountain bike coaching.

Chris Ball - Founder

Job Titles:
  • Founder
The founder of Dirt School, Chris has roots in sport science, competition and international governing body level work. When he founded Dirt School his ethos was simple. He wanted to pass on all that he had learnt, not just from riding and competing but from the psychologists, physiologists and coaches he works with. But, more importantly, he wanted to pass this on to every rider, through people who had the experience and skill level themselves.


Job Titles:
  • Director

Janey Kennedy

Janey is one of our full-time coaches and is also in charge of our marketing and accounts. She's an exercise addicted mini terminator who never stops and is a regular podium contender on the Scottish Enduro scene. She loves encouraging people to improve their riding and gives them confidence in what they can achieve and finds it very rewarding when others combat fears or achieve their goals. With an analytical mind and keen eye for detail, she is a great addition to our line up of coaches.

KATE BALL - Secretary

Job Titles:
  • Company Secretary

Ruaridh Cunningham

Ruaridh needs little introduction. 2007 Junior World Champion, Ru has been working with Chris since 2006 as an integral part of the Scottish Downhill Academy while racing professionally in the UCI Downhill World Cup. Ruaridh isn't just a full time racer though. Qualified with the MBLA, he's the assistant coach on our Borders Academy of Sporting Excellence (BASE) Downhill course and runs our Downhill Race Craft days. He is sometimes available for private sessions. You can inquire via Ru@dirtschool.co.uk Career Highlights Junior World Champion