A group of Year 7 students 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 students 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.
Ms Laura Wild, Head of PE at Saint Paul’s, said: “Our students were able to ride on the same track as the Great Britain Cycling Team!” They started off quite tentatively but their 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 students to take up cycling as a hobby.”
“The Velodrome is an amazing facility right here in our city,” said Mr Tony Billings, Executive Headteacher. “Our students 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.”