Festival gives pupils Olympic chance

Festival gives pupils Olympic chance

October 2, 2015

The mayor looked on when students from Featherstone High School enjoyed cycling at Lee Valley VeloPark during its second annual Schools Festival.

The London 2012 venue, at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, invited secondary school students from every London borough to cycle in the tracks of sporting legends like Sir Bradley Wiggins and Laura Trott.

Lee Valley VeloPark is the only place where riders can tackle track cycling, BMX, road and mountain biking in one location and the youngsters were able to experience all four cycling disciplines during an action-packed day.

Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Harbhajan Kaur Dheer, went along to cheer on the Southall school’s pupils and said: “We are supporting children to be healthy and take part in sport and this kind of festival is perfect for that. We should encourage all children to get involved.”

Inspired by cycling

Matt Purse, teacher at Featherstone High School, said: “It was an absolutely fantastic opportunity for the students to experience these facilities and get inspired.

“They haven’t done much cycling before and have never tried BMX or road cycling, and I’m sure this experience will inspire them to carry on.”

The Lee Valley VeloPark Schools Festival was hosted by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority in partnership with the venue operators Lee Valley Leisure Trust. Paul Osborn, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority chairman, said: “We fund these Schools Festivals to give young people from across the region the chance to try sports for free in our inspirational venues.”