Children at two primary schools in Cumbria will get a special treat later this week – a visit from the official Tour of Britain mascot ToBi, who will be building excitement ahead of the UK’s premier road cycling event coming to the county in September.
ToBi will be joined by PE teacher extraordinaire Mr Stretch, who promotes key health messages to children in a fun way on behalf of Active Cumbria, for a Pedal Your Way to Health roadshow at each school.
ToBi will be visiting Robert Ferguson School, Carlisle, at 9.30am on Thursday 14 July to celebrate the fact that the Cumbria stage of the race starts in Carlisle on Monday 5 September. Later ToBi will head over to Heron Hill School at Kendal – the town is hosting the climax to the Cumbria stage with the uphill finish at the top of Beast Banks, Kendal.
Engaging schools in the race is a key part of the build-up and legacy benefits of Cumbria hosting the Tour of Britain. Active Cumbria, the county council-hosted sports partnership which promotes physical activity, has built on the success of its work with schools for both the 2013 and 2015 events with another ‘Touch the Tour’ schools pack.
Schoolchildren are also being invited to design a starting flag and winner’s jersey for the Cumbria stage, with competition entries closing on Friday 15 July. Similar competitions held to mark the 2015 Tour of Britain coming to Cumbria attracted some 1,800 entries from the county’s schools.
Councillor Clare Feeney-Johnson, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Schools, said: “We’re delighted one of the country’s biggest sporting events is returning to Cumbria and hope the opportunity to see some of the world’s top riders in action will inspire more children and young people to cycle, either going to school or on bike rides with their friends.”
Councillor Ian Stewart, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Public Health, added: “Children should ideally do about 60 minutes a day of physical activity for good health, and getting out and about on their bikes is one of many ways of achieving this. You don’t have to be like Sir Bradley Wiggins or Mark Cavendish to benefit from cycling in Cumbria.”
For details of the Tour of Britain, go to www.tourofbritain.co.uk