French connection proves a winner for young cyclists

Winners at Whitehouse Primary School in North Shields in the Sustrans run 'Vive le Velo' competition.  Winners of the four 'Tour de France' jerseys, (l-r) Hannah Kindred, Harlie Thompson, Leon Kilobane and Charlie Gallon with Lucy Bemrose from Sustrans.
Winners at Whitehouse Primary School in North Shields in the Sustrans run 'Vive le Velo' competition. Winners of the four 'Tour de France' jerseys, (l-r) Hannah Kindred, Harlie Thompson, Leon Kilobane and Charlie Gallon with Lucy Bemrose from Sustrans.

CHILDREN at a borough school have been taking part in their very own Tour de France as part of a regional initiative.

For the past two weeks, Whitehouse Primary School in North Shields has been involved in Vive le Vélo, a pilot scheme to promote cycling while also encouraging children to learn a foreign language.

Headteacher Rachel Woods said: “The children at Whitehouse have fully embraced the Vive le Vélo challenge, and we have had more children cycling to school than ever.

“As the new primary curriculum will include an increased emphasis on modern foreign languages this project provides an excellent addition to the work we already do.”

Four pupils from the school were given jerseys similar to those given to winners of the Tour de France to reward their efforts.