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School Sport: Redden Court show pedal power

PUBLISHED: 15:00 06 October 2015

Redden Court pupils got to take part in the second annual Schools' Festival at the Lee Valley VeloPark this week

Redden Court pupils got to take part in the second annual Schools' Festival at the Lee Valley VeloPark this week

Ady Kerry

Pupils enjoy Schools’ Cycling Festival at Lee Valley

Redden Court pupils got to try out the Lee Valley Velopark as part of the Schools' Cycling FestivalRedden Court pupils got to try out the Lee Valley Velopark as part of the Schools' Cycling Festival

Redden Court students were among hundreds of youngsters to enjoy free cycling at the second annual Schools’ Festival at Lee Valley VeloPark this week.

The London 2012 Olympic venue, in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, invited secondary school students from every London borough as well as all districts in Hertfordshire and Essex to cycle in the tracks of sporting legends such as Sir Bradley Wiggins and Laura Trott.

And Redden Court was invited to select five pupils, due to the school’s attendance and support of so many sporting opportunities.

Jamie Hartwell, Cerys Heard, Zaynab Soyege, Sarah Henderson and Valeria Ramos earned the opportunity due to their outstanding commitment to the school.

They tried four different cycling events, on four different bikes on the BMX circuit, mountain bike circuit, road circuit and indoor on the Velodrome track.

Hartwell came in as first girl and fourth overall in the road cycling, beating four year 10 boys.

And PE teacher Val Hollingsworth admitted it was a thrill for the youngsters, saying: “To be chosen out of the whole borough to take part in the Schools Festival is great. The students were excited, as were the parents.

“There were lots of falls but, as I knew they would, the students showed great perseverence and carried on, which was very pleasing to see. It was a fantastic day!

“I would hope and expect this amazing experience will inspire them to take up more cycling.”

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

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. In 2015 alone over 1,000 young people will have taken part in our Schools Festivals.

“We hope many will be inspired to continue cycling. With the UCI Track Cycling World Championships being held at Lee Valley VeloPark in March and of course Rio 2016 next summer we want to give as many young people as possible the chance to cycle here.”

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