A group of Year 7 pupils from Saint Paul’s Catholic High School in Wythenshawe visited the Manchester Velodrome, Britain’s National Cycling Centre. The Velodrome is Britain’s primary indoor Olympic cycle track and is regarded as one of the world’s finest and fastest board tracks.
The aim of the evening was to give the Year 7 Talented Performers the opportunity to view and try out the world-class facilities. This was the first in a series of four training sessions.
The pupils were given taster sessions explaining how to ride on the track and key cycling skills which would help them with this as well as time trials to see how fast they could get around the track.
“It was an amazing opportunity for our pupils to be riding on the same track as the Great Britain Cycling Team,” explained Ms Laura Wild, Head of PE at Saint Paul’s. “Tentative pedaling very quickly turned into some excellent powerful leg pushes and speed as they ventured higher and higher up the track. I am hoping that the visit to these state-of-the-art facilities will encourage our pupils to take up cycling as a hobby.”
Ms Wild added: “One pupil even bumped into Olympic Gold medallist, Joanna Rowsell, she was so excited and inspired to have met one of her idols.”
“The Velodrome is an amazing facility right here in our city,” said Mrs Fiona Minshall, Head Teacher. “Our pupils were able to cycle on a track where actual world championships have been held. I hope that this will help them to develop their skills and inspire them to want to achieve even more.”
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