Craven school children encouraged to help create Tour legacy

Craven Herald: Pupils from Aireville School in Skipton make the shape of a Yellow Tour de France winner’s jersey at the Craven District Council offices for the launch of a new education pack Pupils from Aireville School in Skipton make the shape of a Yellow Tour de France winner’s jersey at the Craven District Council offices for the launch of a new education pack

Craven schools are being encouraged to share in a long-term Tour de France cycling legacy.

As part of next year’s Grand Depart of the Tour, an education pack has been put together, aimed at providing young people with a chance to get more involved in cycling.

Aimed at seven to 14-year-olds, the pack, developed by the City of York Council, is being promoted by Craven District Council – the authority leading on Tour organisation in Craven.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “This first-ever education pack to accompany a Tour de France promises to provide students with an engaging and exciting way of supporting their wider learning while tapping into the Tour coming to our region.”

And Craven district councillor Simon Myers added: “The education pack is a great free resource that has been developed to get young people across Craven passionate about cycling and the Tour de France.

“As well as being heavily involved in the planning and delivery of the event, Craven District Council also has an important role to play in ensuring a lasting legacy from Yorkshire’s Grand Depart.”

He added that Aireville School was one of a number of schools across Craven that shared the council’s enthusiasm for the event.

The education pack is aimed at tying in with the national curriculum for key stages two and three. It includes lesson plans for art and media, design technology, French, Geography, and all the main subject areas.

Helen Woodcock, Aireville’s acting headteacher, said: “We are delighted to be involved in the launch of the Tour de France schools’ resource pack, especially given that the race comes so close to Aireville School.

“We look forward to enhancing our students’ learning with the new curriculum resources and ideas that the pack provides.”

The pack was developed by the City of York Council, Sustrans and Biz-Ed Projects Ltd, with contributions from partners – such as Craven Council.

Coun Myers added: “This education pack is one aspect of the legacy work that we are doing in Craven to motivate young people about cycling. We want to provide future generations of cyclists with the skills and knowledge to cycle confidently and safely.”

He said there were many ways for young people to get involved in cycling in the area and the council was working with the Rotary Club of Skipton to put on a junior event in May.

A further event for adults was being planned with Skipton Cycle Club for June.

“We have also been working with Skipton Cycling Club and South Craven Wheelers to set up and run a junior cycle club and we are also working with partners to develop a cycle pump track in Aireville Park, it is an exciting time for cycling.”

The educational pack can be downloaded free from the council website at cravendc.gov.uk/letour

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