On Yer’ Bike!

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  • February 22, 2013

Pupils at Primary Schools in Calderdale have been cycling the distance from Lands’ End to John O’Groats this month in a challenge set by the Mayor of Calderdale’s charity of the year, the Community Foundation for Calderdale (CFFC).

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 The Community Foundation for Calderdale challenged the Schools to take on their ‘Cycle for Work’ challenge. Savile Park Primary School, Bolton Brow Primary School and Luddendenfoot Primary Academy all took on the ‘Cycle for Work’ challenge in February. The ‘Cycle for Work’ challenge challenges pupils, parents, teachers and governors to work as a team to cycle the 900 miles from Lands’ End to John O’Groats in just 1 day, in the comfort of their school hall.

Savile Park Primary School was the first primary school to accept this challenge, followed by Bolton Brow and finally Luddendenfoot Academy.

The challenges are tailored so that every single pupil in the schools can be involved. Static bikes and turbo trainers were available for KS2 pupils, parents, teachers and governors to cycle on, and little trikes were available for KS1 pupils to cycle round the hall.

Savile Park and Luddendenfoot started their challenges at 7.00am where teachers, parents and governors came in early to help tot up the miles!

Throughout the day the distance of how far the pupils had cycled was calculated, and their progress was shown to them on a digital map of the UK.

All the schools involved in the challenges were excellent and a fun day was had by all. At Savile Park not only did they manage to cycle the 900miles from Lands’ End to John O’Groats, they went 1 step further and managed to cycle a whopping 1000miles! Whilst Luddendenfoot Academy stormed ahead throughout the day and had managed to complete the 900 miles by 2pm!

Each child which took part in the challenge raised sponsorship and half the money raised is to be given to the school and half to the CFFC, who are going to add the money to the Cycle for Work challenge pot and help finance at least 25 young people from Calderdale into apprenticeships.

You can support the mayoral charity by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/teams/CYCLEFORWORK

In March St Mary’s Primary School, Carr Green Primary School, Ling Bob Primary School and St Chad’s Primary school are all taking on the Cycle for Work Challenge.

The ‘Cycle for Work’ challenge is the brain child of the CEO of the Community Foundation for Calderdale, Steve Duncan, who is actually going to cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats in a bid to raise money to fund 25 young apprentices in Calderdale. Steve comments, “This year we want to make a real difference to the lives of young people in Calderdale, and if that means cycling 900 miles in April that is what we will do, I have two teenage sons myself and I know how difficult the employment market can be for young people at the moment”

If you are interested in taking part in the Cycle for Work challenge or would like more information on the Cycle for Work project, please do not hesitate to contact the Community Foundation for Calderdale on Emma@cffc.co.uk or 01422 349 700.

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