VIDEO: Wakefield children help launch Tour de France school work

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School work based on the Tour de France will help to make sure the sport leaves a lasting legacy when it comes to Yorkshire next year.

And children at Kettlethorpe High School were some of the first pupils to learn about it during a visit from top cyclists and race organisers.

Tour de France school resource pack launch at Kettlethorpe High School.

Tour de France school resource pack launch at Kettlethorpe High School.

The educational resource pack was launched on Tuesday with the help of Yorkshire’s cycling stars, brothers Dean and Russell Downing.

It aims to use next summer’s Grand Départ to inspire pupils between the ages of seven and 14 through their school work and to promote cycling.

Lesson plans for art and media, design and technology, French, geography, history, maths and music are all included in the pack.

This will be the first initiative of the region’s commitment to building a “10 year cycling legacy” in Yorkshire.

Cyclists Russell and Dean Downing with Kettlethorpe High School pupils Jessica Norris and Libby Richardson, both 11.

Cyclists Russell and Dean Downing with Kettlethorpe High School pupils Jessica Norris and Libby Richardson, both 11.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, which led the successful bid to get the Tour de France to the region, said: “This first ever education pack to accompany a Tour de France promises to provide students with an engaging and exciting way of supporting their wider learning while tapping into the Tour coming to our region.

“It is one key part of a number of initiatives that will make up our legacy programme of Yorkshire’s Grand Départ.”

The 101st Le Tour will start in Leeds on July 5 with a 190km stage taking the riders to Harrogate.

Stage two will start from York with the riders tackling a 200km stage with climbs including Holme Moss on the way to Sheffield.

The school resource pack has been launched under a new Cycle Yorkshire banner, and is being backed by Wakefield Council.

Cabinet member for sport Coun David Dagger said: “The event was a big success and we’re really pleased that we were able to host it here in Wakefield.

“We are continuing with our commitment to encourage schools in the district to engage in cycling initiatives and are also supporting local organisations to be part of Wakefield’s own contribution to the Grand Depart.”