World Junior Cyclo-Cross Champion Tom Pidcock opened a new purpose-built cycle track at Horton Park Primary School on Wednesday 24 May as part of an event organised by one of the schools we work with in Bradford.
The 17-year-old, who rides for Team GB and Bradford cycle club PH-MAS/Paul Milnes/Oldfield ERT and recently won the prestigious Junior Paris – Roubaix, said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me to put something back into cycling and see how cycling can make a difference in a local Bradford community. More kids on bikes – it’s got to be good.”
New cycle track boosts school attendance levels
By working with us to get more children on bikes Horton Park Primary has helped to boost attendance levels to more than 96% and develop healthy lifestyles in an area of high economic deprivation and poor health. The new cycle track will inspire more children to come to school and keep active.
“ More kids on bikes – it’s got to be good. ”
Naveed Mushtaque, Community Learning Manager at Horton Park Primary, said:
“Having this cycle track means the world to our children and their families. Every year we give out a large number of bikes for 100% attendance and now the children have a safe place to ride in school, after school as well as at weekends and holidays.”
Ian Cullen, our schools officer in Bradford, said:
“It’s been a real pleasure to work with such a pro-cycling school. I have been privileged to see at first hand the benefit of the school's engagement which has had a positive impact on the children’s life skills.”
The cycle track launch day at Horton Park Primary was an all-day community event with a wide variety of cycling activities and maintenance sessions, as well as football and rugby coaching from One in a Million. All pupils attempted to complete at least one lap on the track – culminating in more than 500 laps.
Horton Park Primary has become a very successful school, with cycling being at the heart of its approach to increase attendance and encourage healthy lifestyles and integration amongst children from different cultures. The school, which is based at the Canterbury estate, is very diverse with more than 30 languages spoken.
In 2014 we began working with the school, running regular sessions on cycling and bike maintenance, as well as an after school cycling club. Every child who achieved full attendance received a free bicycle, which brought attendance levels to as high as 97.5% in 2015.