A NORTH Yorkshire primary school enjoyed a ‘wheelie’ good day in the run up to Tour de Yorkshire with help from housebuilder Redrow.
To mark the fact the Tour is due to pass through Sherburn-in-Elmet this coming Saturday (April 30), on route from Otley to Doncaster, Redrow Homes treated Key Stage 2 pupils at Athelstan Community Primary School to a day of cycling related fun and educational activities.
The housebuilder paid for local ‘Bikeability’ cycle training company CycleLeeds to provide a range of workshops, from a bike obstacle course and cycling games to race training and a bike fix challenge. Around 125 pupils took part.
The primary school also planned a complementary range of lessons to incorporate various subjects including maths, geography, science and art – but all with a cycling related or Tour de Yorkshire theme.
Redrow helped get the day into gear when marketing coordinator Rebecca Cliff and Helen Willis, sales consultant from Redrow’s nearby Saxon Gardens development, attended a special introductory assembly. They handed out books to all of the children, including colouring books for the younger Key Stage 1 children who weren’t taking part in the cycling workshops.
James Tucker of Athelstan Primary, said:
“We are very grateful for Redrow’s generosity and enthusiasm to organise the cycle event taking place at Athelstan. The Tour de Yorkshire passing through Sherburn-in-Elmet is an exciting event, and thanks to Redrow we are able to mark the occasion in an equally exciting way. Children throughout Key Stage Two had the opportunity to take part in fun and enriching cycling activities, ranging from obstacle courses to bike maintenance challenges, all designed to increase their skills and confidence on a bike.”
Rebecca Cliff, for Redrow, said:
“Our Saxon Gardens development, off Low Street, has only recently launched and our new show homes have just opened. Because we’re offering a range of family friendly homes we thought what better way to celebrate than with one of the local schools.”
“And when we realised that the Tour de Yorkshire would be coming right past our development this weekend we thought it would be great to combine both things and offer to fund an activities day that would get all the pupils behind LeTour. We certainly had fun and we hope they did too!”
Redrow is also sponsoring Minster FM’s coverage of the three-day Tour de Yorkshire, including their Cycle Saturday roadshow in Sherburn this weekend, when there will also be a street party organised by Sherburn Parish Council with a children’s funfair, food stalls and big screen TV coverage of LeTour.