VIDEO: School pupils treated to BMX stunt show

Pupils at two Doncaster schools had a wheelie great assembly - when they were treated to a BMX stunt show in the playground.

Youngsters at Arksey Primary School and St Oswalds Academy in Finningley swapped the classroom for a morning of tricks and tips courtesy of biking ace Josh Briars as reward for pupils getting on their bikes.

Pupils at Arksey Primary School with BMX stunt cyclist Josh Briars.

Pupils at Arksey Primary School with BMX stunt cyclist Josh Briars.

The schools used their pedal power to top the leader boards becoming regional champions for Yorkshire and Humberside in The Big Pedal 2014.

The Big Pedal is a free national inter-school competition where schools get points for the more pupils who make journeys by bike or scooter. The competition is organised by the leading sustainable transport charity Sustrans which aims to get more children and their families’ active on their journey to school.

St Oswalds Academy and Arksey Primary School cycled to the top winning their respective categories for the Yorkshire and Humber Region. Both schools reached over 60% of their school population who travelled actively each day.

Sustrans Bike It officer for Doncaster working in partnership with Doncaster Council, Sinead O’Brien, is extremely proud of the efforts of both schools.

She said: “It is fantastic that two schools in Doncaster have come top in the whole of Yorkshire in the Big Pedal. Both St Oswalds and Arskey worked extremely hard to encourage their pupils and families to travel to school on their bikes or scooters. I hope that their success will motivate pupils to continue travelling actively to school as the days get longer and brighter. This is a special year for cycling in Yorkshire with Le Tour de France starting in the region and it is great to see so many children interested in cycling and Doncaster schools leading the way.”

All 86 pupils at Arksey decamped to the playground for Friday morning’s fun and teacher Julie Ambler said: “There has been a great deal of excitement and interest. All the children have been really looking forward to it.”

Biker Josh Briars, 25, who was involved in BMX at the London 2012 Olympics, said: “I have been riding for ten to eleven years and its great to come along and inspire children. I want to show children that if you work hard you can achieve anything.”