The Giro d’Italia excitement has ramped up a bit more as Transport Minister Danny Kennedy and Education Minister John O’Dowd are urging schoolchildren to take part in two competitions linked to the world’s largest bike race taking place in Northern Ireland this May.
To maximize the local impact of the event, the Department for Regional Development (DRD) Travelwise NI and the Department of Education (DE) have joined forces with the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB), Sustrans and the Public Health Agency (PHA) to create a supporting programme of events and activities to inspire schools to ‘Think Pink’ and spread Giro fever across Northern Ireland.
Schoolchildren of all ages are being asked to design a banner to use along the route of the Giro d’Italia and to make active journeys to school.
The school with the winning design, will have their banner printed, with the winning class (30 pupils and 10 adults) winning a trip to watch the race and display their banner to the watching world.”
The closing date for this competition is the 14 March 2014. Visit www.nidirect.gov.uk/giro-banner for more information.
The second competition is to encourage schools to get active this spring. Sustrans’ innovative 10-day ‘Giro Schools Challenge’ is an inter-school competition that will encourage pupils to cycle, scoot and walk to school each day from 31 March – 11 April. The more active journeys they make, the more points the schools will earn, helping them to compete for a range of prizes including a BMX display session from T13, cycle and scooter parking pods, and Dr Bike sessions.
The Giro Schools Challenge is funded jointly by the PHA and DE. PHA Chief Executive Dr Eddie Rooney said: “PHA is delighted to support this challenge which will help more children to take part in physical exercise, which is so important for their growth and development, not to mention the fact that it is good fun. Too many of our children do not get enough exercise and this poses real, long-term risks to their health and wellbeing.”
To register for the challenge or for more information visit www.girochallenge.sustrans.org.uk
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