A new cycling project called ‘Bike for Life’ has been launched at Melton Primary School.
Children at the school were so inspired by the Women’s Tour in 2015, that Headteacher, Mr Girling and the Friends of Melton School (FOMS) were keen to help them get involved with the sport.
Over £9,000 in funding given to the school has been used to build a new bike and scooter shed, fund cycling training, create an after school cycling club and further promote the sport to the children.
The new bike shed was officially opened on Friday 18 March in support of Sport Relief and the whole school got involved in cycling and scooting activities to celebrate.
‘Bike for Life’ aims to involve pupils throughout the school to promote cycle safety, improve their cycling skills and importantly encourages more children to travel on their bikes to school and in their free time through the development of a transport plan.
The project also aims to bring the residents of Melton, and the wider communities to also learn, and teach the children about this key life skill and build their resilence and their health and wellbeing.
The funding of £9599.90 came from Suffolk Coastal District Council’s Capital and Revenue funding, Melton Councillors Jim Bidwell and Jane Day’s Enabling Communities funding, Suffolk County Councillor Michael Bond’s Locality Budget, the Adnams Charity, Lord Belstead Charitable Settlement and Ganzoni Charitable Trust.
Cllr Jim Bidwell, said: “Both Jane and I were pleased to support this new scheme as it not only provides children with the training and skills they need to become safer cyclists, it teaches them that cycling can help us lead healthier and more active lives.
“We hope that the project will now inspire the wider community to get out of our cars and onto our bikes.”
Mark Girling, Head teacher of Melton Primary, said: “This is a really exciting project for all the children at Melton Primary School. Cycling is a fantastic skill for life as well as being wonderful for keeping healthy. We thank all of the funders for supporting our school with this new project, and look forward to seeing more children coming to school on their bikes and scooters now that we have such wonderful new facilities and exciting activities planned by our teachers.”