Cycling makes for healthier pupils
10 May 2017
Pupils at Norham have just completed a fantastic 6 week cycling programme with Bike4Health. Bike4Health is a community interest company developed to enable communities, businesses and children to incorporate cycling into their lives. Steve Turner Head of P.E. met with Dave Buchan from Bike4Health and secured funding from North Tyneside Council to embark on this great adventure.
Bike4Health and Norham believe in promoting sustainable travel as well as the benefits of exercise and good health for everyone. These six weeks have given our pupils a boost in their self-confidence and fitness as well as an insight and appreciation into the outdoors and the great area we live in.
The pupils were loaned all the cycling gear every Thursday after school and explored the local wagonways and cycle paths as well as the National Cycle Path Network cycling up to 12 miles each time. The course finished with an all day ride setting off at 9am and returning to Norham at 3pm. This ride took our pupils on the ferry to South Shields and then following the cycle network to Gateshead and over the Millenium Bridge.
A quick stop for lunch and then it was back down the north side of the Tyne taking in our history such as the shipyards and Segedunum Roman Fort. The pupils cycled 25.4 miles altogether and had a fantastic day to finish of this wonderful experience. Year 8 pupil Toni-Leigh Craig posted the following on Facebook showing just how much our pupils enjoyed it.
"I would like to say thanks for allowing me to be a part of the bike riding club it was so fun and all this hard work has took us to a great end. Now I have done all this training on the bikes I now know how to ride a bike like a pro ahahah. I would like to say a great thank you to John ,Mr Forster and Mr Chart and many more for helping me and my friends achieve our goals".