Harrogate children get into the spirit of the Tour de France

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Over 300 Year Five children from Harrogate schools got into the spirit of the Tour de France when they took part in a themed workshop day organised by Harrogate based website, School Trips and Workshops, in conjunction with the Holiday Inn to celebrate the arrival of the Grand Depart in North Yorkshire.

The students from eight local primary schools took part in an action-packed, fun-filled day of workshops at the Holiday Inn Harrogate. It was a day of curriculum aligned workshops, ranging from geography to drumming, circus skills to cycling, and crafts to the French language.

Russell Davidson, uncle of British Tour de France cyclist Mark Cavendish made a guest appearance in the morning to share his nephew’s cycling story, and there was even a mini Tour de France cycling challenge throughout the day organised by Yorkshire-based charity Heart Research UK with 84 pupils doing a minute each on exercise bikes. They covered 20.75km between them – which equates to 11% of the Leeds-Harrogate Day 1 event.

The students returned to school with a goodie bag each courtesy of the workshop providers and Yorkshire Water, and the opportunity to enter a competition to win a bike and a free workshop for their school.

Founder of School Trips and Workshops, Liane Levine said, “To have the Grand Depart in Harrogate is a truly historic and exciting event. The purpose of our education day was to excite local students about Le Tour de France and to use this sporting event as the catalyst to bring learning to life. The day showcased a wide variety of local workshop providers listed on our site: Needlepoint Café, Bead, The Cone Exchange, Drums Agogo, Harrogate Borough Council, Les Petits Linguistes, Heart Research UK, Prologue, The GSAL, Marko’s Circus Skills, Tommy Bungle, Yorkshire Trails, Asda and Stop! Cycle Theft. The day was a great success and we hope that this event is the first of many! ”

Heart Research UK Lifestyle Officer, Katharine Greathead, said the children really got into the spirit of the event.  She said:  “If the excitement for exercise we saw among pupils that day could be translated into active lifestyles that last a lifetime, we’d be onto a winner in the battle against heart disease, obesity and diabetes.”

www.schooltripsandworkshops.co.uk  holds a directory of trip and workshop providers for primary schools, key dates, charity events and news useful to teachers. It is a fantastic resource which brings together schools with local providers in order to give young people a memorable educational experience.

To find out more about School Trips and Workshops and the services it offers, please have a look at www.schooltripsandworkshops.co.uk or contact us on hello@schooltripsandworkshops.co.uk or 08456 434 934.

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June 9, 2014

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