Pedal power dominated the school timetable on Friday 4th May, when pupils from Barnsley Academy, Worsbrough Bank End and Hunningley Primary Schools helped launch this year’s Tour de Yorkshire.
A group of 18 children from the three schools took part in a bike ride from their respective sites to the Town Hall, led by Sustrans Active Travel Officer Dave Atherton and organised by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, as part of its promotion of the Tour de Yorkshire.
During the event, also supported by members of staff from the three schools, the junior cyclists took part in a town centre procession on closed roads, standing on the podiums and signing in just like the professionals, before helping to start the men’s race for the Tour. They also joined in the town centre celebrations, exploring the Star Wars exhibition and enjoying the town centre festivities.
Steve Dixon, Principal at Barnsley Academy, commented:
“The Tour de Yorkshire is one of the highlights of the local sporting calendar, so to be asked to take part was a real honour and one which our pupils are very much looking forward to.”
The event was also welcomed by Nic Thorpe, Executive Headteacher at both Hunningley and Worsbrough Bank End Primary Schools, with Bank End already hosting a programme of bike themed activities, including:
- The Worsbrough Bank End ‘Big Pedal’ – Running from 23rd to 27th April and aimed at all pupils, with a request for as many as possible to cycle or scoot to school. Those coming by bike on 25th April also received a free ‘bike breakfast’ including a croissant/brioche, fruit, yoghurt and juice
- Learn to Ride – On Tuesday 15th May, pupils from key stage 1 and 2 at Worsbrough Bank End who currently can’t ride a bike are invited to attend the ‘learn to ride’ session, supported by parents/guardians
Commented Mrs Thorpe:
“We already do a lot of work with our pupils based around cycling, so to take part in launching the Men’s race at the Tour De Yorkshire was a great way for them to celebrate that, as well as being part of one of the region’s leading sporting events.”