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June 13, 2013
Two schools in Cumbria welcomed a special visitor from The Tour of Britain team today. ToBi The Tours official mascot was in the county making some special deliveries.
The children at Burgh by Sands primary school in Carlisle and Levens primary school received hand-delivered Cumbria Tour of Britain Schools Packs. Both schools were chosen out of more than 100 in the county who have registered to receive a pack.
Cumbria County Council working with Active Cumbria and local stage partners produced the 'Touch the Tour' Schools Pack to help inspire young people in the county become enthused with cycling as a sport in light of recent announcements of the detailed stage 2 Tour of Britain route. The packs provides tips and links to resources to help children cycle safely, competitions to win some exclusive Tour of Britain opportunities and activities to help children think more about the health and well being benefits to cycling.
ToBi joined in with school assembly at [Burgh by Sands school / Levens school] and learned more about how many children own bikes, who enjoys cycling and more importantly highlighted cycling safety. ToBi created a inspiring atmosphere when he showed the pupils some the cycling greats in action, giving the young people a taste of what is to come in September when The Tour of Britain Stage 2 sets off in Carlisle and finishes in Kendal with the likes of Wiggins and Cavendish racing by.
Sonia Chalmers, Head teacher at Burgh by Sands Primary School said;
"It was evident from the 2012 Olympics how big sporting events can motivate and inspire children not just to participate in sport, but also to produce quality and interesting work in the classroom. The children did some great work last year related to the Olympics. British cycling has been one of the success stories of recent years and I’m hoping that by having ToBi in the school and the Tour of Britain in Carlisle, the children will be encouraged to take an interest in and be inspired both within and outside the classroom."
Matt Foxwell, Head teacher at Levens Primary School said;
"To have the stars of British cycling coming to Kendal is a massive inspiration for our pupils and by having ToBis visit, we can start our countdown to the Tour of Britain here at Levens School. To be able to see Bradley Wiggins and the other riders in Kendal will motivate our pupils to get on their bikes, enjoy the wonderful countryside on our doorstep, and take part in a fantastic sport. They may well be the stars of the Tour of Britain in the future!"
For tips and advice on the cycling safety for children go to www.direct.gov.uk/talesoftheroad
For information on the 2013 Tour of Britain, visit the official Tour website at: www.thetour.co.uk
For more information on a Touch The Tour Schools pack got to: www.activecumbria.org/tob