Grundisburgh Primary School in Suffolk were one of three lucky schools across the county to win a day’s cycle coaching with former BMX national champion John Stockwell following their participation in the Women’s Tour Suffolk Primary School Cycle Challenge.

In recognition of the Women’s Tour completing its final stage of the race in Suffolk on Saturday 9 October, Active Suffolk partnered with the Most Active County Partnership, Suffolk County Council, Abbeycroft Leisure, West Suffolk Council, East Suffolk Council and Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council’s to offer local primary schools the chance to complete a cycling challenge, which would support their pupils to engage in more physical activity.

Thirty local schools participated in the challenge, reaching 1,200 pupils aged between four and 11 years old, and inspiring them to do more physical activity by cycling and scooting to school!

Following the challenge, Grundisburgh Primary School, Westfield Primary School and St Gregory Primary School were all randomly selected to win a day’s cycle training with RideSmart, run by former BMX national champion John Stockwell. 53 pupils at Grundisburgh Primary School completed their day of cycle training recently and had a fantastic time learning new skills and becoming more confident on their bikes.

Emma Redgwell, PE Lead at Grundisburgh Primary School: “The day of coaching was a huge hit with both classes! There were smiles all round as they gained confidence on the bikes and attempted [for many of them] completely new things. The staff who participated said it was an enjoyable day and that it was great to see the children having fun while keeping fit. We had some non-riders at the event who gained valuable confidence, which we hope will carry over out of school. There was a real buzz about the day and someone even suggested that they might learn to be a BMXer when they were older!”

Comments from the year five and six pupils that took part included: “It was fun to ride bikes in school!”; “I enjoyed the ramps and jumps.”; “I liked riding with my friends.” and “I would really like to do something like that again.”

Westfield and St Gregory’s primary schools will be hosting their days this month.