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A £10,000 new cycling, walking and running track at a West Norfolk school can be enjoyed by pupils and community groups alike after it was officially opened on Tuesday.

The track, at Holly Meadows Primary School, in Pott Row, has been funded through the local development levy.

It will be used for teaching pupils bike handling as well as important road safety skills and will also be accessible to local groups who wish to use it for fitness or education.

Official opening of the new cycle track around the school playing field at Holly Meadows School, Pott Row. Headteacher Jennie Wildsmith-Garton(back right), welcomed borough council leader Stuart Dark (back 2nd left) and Grimston parish council chairman Keith Israel(back left) to the opening ceremony, which was undertaken by Lisa Hutchinson(back centre)(HLTA PE lead at Holly Meadows School), they were joined by other pupils. MLNF-22PM05028
Official opening of the new cycle track around the school playing field at Holly Meadows School, Pott Row. Headteacher Jennie Wildsmith-Garton(back right), welcomed borough council leader Stuart Dark (back 2nd left) and Grimston parish council chairman Keith Israel(back left) to the opening ceremony, which was undertaken by Lisa Hutchinson(back centre)(HLTA PE lead at Holly Meadows School), they were joined by other pupils. MLNF-22PM05028

Stuart Dark, leader of the council, attended the opening and said: "It was a joy to see pupils trying out the track, knowing that it will help them to enjoy being active and learn valuable life skills, and to hear how it will have wider community benefits as well.

"We’re spending more than £580,000 on community projects in the latest round of CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) and people across west Norfolk will feel the benefits.

"This type of project is exactly what the levy is for."

Official opening of the new cycle track around the school playing field at Holly Meadows School, Pott Row. Pupils trying out the new track.
Official opening of the new cycle track around the school playing field at Holly Meadows School, Pott Row. Pupils trying out the new track.

Headteacher of Holly Meadows School, Jennie Wildsmith-Garton said: "Due to the nature of the local roads, parents with young children are often reluctant to participate in road cycling as they don't feel that their child would have the skills to cycle safely.

"The new track will help them develop skills that are transferrable to road cycling, as well as improving their off-road cycling ability and fitness."

Children between four and 11 at Holly Meadows school have access to bicycles and dedicated cycling lessons both in curriculum time and after-school clubs.

Official opening of the new cycle track around the school playing field at Holly Meadows School, Pott Row...Pupils trying out the new track. MLNF-22PM05031
Official opening of the new cycle track around the school playing field at Holly Meadows School, Pott Row...Pupils trying out the new track. MLNF-22PM05031

They have a British cycling-trained member of staff at the school, Lisa Hutchinson, who delivers balance-ability, learning to ride as well as Go-Ride and Bike-ability for other age groups and abilities.

The track will also be available to local community groups.

Official opening of the new cycle rrack around the school playing field at Holly Meadows School, Pott Row. Pupils trying out the new track. MLNF-22PM05032
Official opening of the new cycle rrack around the school playing field at Holly Meadows School, Pott Row. Pupils trying out the new track. MLNF-22PM05032
Official opening of the new cycle track around the school playing field at Holly Meadows School, Pott Row. Pupils trying out the new track. MLNF-22PM05033
Official opening of the new cycle track around the school playing field at Holly Meadows School, Pott Row. Pupils trying out the new track. MLNF-22PM05033
Official opening of the new cycle track around the school playing field at Holly Meadows School, Pott Row, which was undertaken by Lisa Hutchinson (HLTA PE lead at Holly Meadows School). MLNF-22PM05035
Official opening of the new cycle track around the school playing field at Holly Meadows School, Pott Row, which was undertaken by Lisa Hutchinson (HLTA PE lead at Holly Meadows School). MLNF-22PM05035
Official opening of the new cycle rrack around the school playing field at Holly Meadows School, Pott Row. MLNF-22PM05037
Official opening of the new cycle rrack around the school playing field at Holly Meadows School, Pott Row. MLNF-22PM05037


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