Thursday, 16 May 2013

BMX Champions Inspire Next Generation of Cyclists

Record-breaking BMX riders will showcase their skills to over a 1000 Cambridgeshire students next week to encourage them to pedal to school.

The two award-winning Bicycle Moto Cross (BMX) freestylers are Matti Hemmings and Keelan Phillips. Matti is the Guinness World Record Holder for the most cliffhanger spins with one foot, while Keelan has won numerous international BMX pro-freestyle competitions and is currently European number one.

Eight schools across Cambridgeshire will be visited by the BMX champions from 21-23 May. Students will enjoy a half-hour performance and workshops on simple tricks and cycle safety. The events have been organised by Cambridgeshire County Council in partnership with Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity.

The participating schools all have a strong commitment to cycling and many took part in this year’s The Big Pedal, an inter-school cycling competition. Great Paxton Primary School came ninth nationally in the small primary category, while Spinney Primary School was in the top 25 for larger primary schools – a huge achievement since 900 schools took part.

Rachel Snape, Headteacher of Spinney Primary says: "It has been great for The Spinney to work with John Stanley, Bike It Officer, who has promoted safer cycling in a number of exciting and interactive ways across the school.

Last term we took part in The Big Pedal Challenge and are delighted that we were one of the winning schools. A particularly loud cheer went up when John announced that the prize would be a BMX show and workshop. This has really captured the children's interest and they are very excited!"

Mike Davies, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Cycling Projects Team Leader said: “We’ve recently enjoyed working with these schools to encourage students to get on their bikes and cycle to school. We’ve organised these events as a small thank you and to refuel students’ passion for cycling.”

The BMX workshops have been part-funded by central government through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund, which provides an opportunity to deliver social, environmental, health and safety benefits for local communities.

More information about cycling in Cambridgeshire, including cycle maps, can be found on the Cambridgeshire County Council website:
The nine schools that will be visited by the BMX champions are:

  • The Spinney Primary School, Cambridge
  • Kings Hedges School, Cambridge
  • Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots
  • Eynesbury Church of England Primary School, St Neots
  • Ely St. Mary's Church of England Junior School
  • Downham Feoffees Primary School, Little Downham
  • Great Paxton Primary School
  • Houghton Primary School
  • Wyton on the Hill Primary School