Pupils at Sedgefield Primary enjoyed a thrilling cycle stunt display as a reward for a year of walking, cycling and scooting to school.
The school was the winner of the Durham County Council supported MEGA Motion competition which aims to encourage more healthy and environmentally friendly ways of getting to school.
Over 2,500 pupils from 15 schools across south Durham took part this year, earning points every time they used sustainable travel. With Sedgefield Primary School’s pupils collectively earning the most points, not only were they crowned this year’s champions but were treated to a breath-taking display from the 3SIXTY cycle stunt team.
As well as the overall prize, 329 pupils who used healthier travel every Friday for the whole school year were also awarded MEGA Hero status.
Cllr Neil Foster, Cabinet member for economic regeneration and culture, said: “We’d like to congratulate Sedgefield Primary School, and all of our MEGA Heroes, and thank them for their amazing work this year. As well as enjoying some memorable fancy dress walks to school, MEGA Motion teaches the pupils from an early age – and in a fun way – about the health and environmental benefits of sustainable travel. So we hope that they continue being MEGA Heroes as they grow up in a healthier community where they’ve helped reduce traffic and protect the environment.”
The scheme saw MEGA Fridays held at each school throughout the year which saw over 78 per cent of recorded journeys using sustainable methods; walking, cycling, scooting, public transport or car sharing. In addition to the MEGA Fridays, many of the schools enjoyed special themed walks to school over the course of the year.