Erewash primary schools kept busy with a range of sporting activities

Sawley Juniors during the Cylo-Cross event held at Kirk Hallam Community Academy by the partnership in conjunction with Cycle Derby
Sawley Juniors during the Cylo-Cross event held at Kirk Hallam Community Academy by the partnership in conjunction with Cycle Derby

Pupils from primary schools went for a spin on their bikes as part of a special cycling session held by Erewash School Sport Partnership (ESSP).

Seven schools took part in the Cylo-Cross event held at Kirk Hallam Community Academy by the partnership in conjunction with Cycle Derby.

They included Ashbrook Junior, Mapperley Primary, Shardlow Primary, Ockbrook School, Sawley Junior, Chaucer Junior and Scargill Primary.

Pupils went for a practice ride before taking part in a series of races and relays on the fields at Kirk Hallam.

Rhian Lilley, ESSP development manager, said it was the first time they had held an event like this.

She said: “This is our first cycling event and it’s been a great success. We would like to thank all the pupils and staff who turned out and Cycle Derby for running the event.

“We really wanted to offer something different and pupils don’t often get the chance to try cycling out at school. The winners from this event will go on to compete at the School Games.”

• Meanwhile, more than 100 pupils from two primary schools attended a cheerleading, dance and gymnastics festival which was also supported by ESSP.

Draycott Primary School and Ashbrook Infant School in Borrowash brought their pupils to the event held at Friesland School in Sandiacre.

The pupils were treated to a display from Friesland School’s dance group Friesland Fusion before taking part in a range of activities.

They were taught a cheerleading routine, did floor and beam work in a gymnastics session and learnt a routine to popular chart hit Uptown Funk in the dance lesson.

Lucy Siddals, Year Two teacher at Ashbrook, brought 50 of her year two pupils along.

She said: “They loved the cheerleading with the pom poms as that’s not something they would normally get the opportunity to do.

“We are also making a music video in school to Uptown Funk so it will be great for them to learn a routine here and we might be able to use bits of it back in school.”