Tour de France pack booster for schools

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Russel and Dean Downing launch the schools' Tour de France pack Russel and Dean Downing launch the schools' Tour de France pack

Tour de France organisers have teamed up with cycling stars to get children excited about the race passing through the region.

Welcome to Yorkshire has put together a school’s resource pack with the help of professional Yorkshire racing cyclists Dean and Russell Downing.

The free pack is the first of the projects which will demostrate the region’s commitment to building a ten-year cycling legacy in Yorkshire under the newly established Cycle Yorkshire banner.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “This first education pack to accompany the 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. It is one key part of a number of initiatives that will make up our legacy programme of Yorkshire’s Grand Départ.”

Bradford Council leader David Green said: “We would encourage schools to make use of the Cycling Yorkshire Tour de France schools’ resource pack, which is aimed at teachers, community leaders and parents of young people aged from seven to 14 years old.

“We already have great initiatives taking place inspiring young people to get on their bikes and this will build on that work.

“We have been working with the other Yorkshire authorities and cycling partners to make the county a great region for safe cycling, and are currently developing a number of high profile cycling infrastructure projects.

“These include the Canal Road Greenway, cycling city grant schemes with Leeds including the Leeds-Bradford cycle superhighway, and improvements to the canal towpath in time for the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire next year.

“We are also continuing our partnership with British Cycling to deliver the Bradford Skyride programme until 2015. This all demonstrates how keen we are to promote cycling not just now but for the forseeable future.”

The Tour de France arrives in July, 2014 and the route will take in Silsden, Keighley, Haworth, Oxenhope, Ilkley, Otley, and Pool-in-Wharfedale.

The free educational pack ties into the National Curriculum for Key Stages Two and Three and includes lesson plans for various subjects. It was developed by City of York Council, Sustrans and Biz-Ed Projects Ltd, and others.

To download it, visit www.cycle.yorkshire.com.

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