More money to help East Durham pupils get in the saddle

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FUNDING has been secured to offer vital cycle training to 1,000 extra children.

Durham County Council has been awarded £20,000 by the Department for Transport to deliver Bikeability sessions to Year 3 primary school pupils.

The training is provided in three stages with levels one and two normally delivered together over four weeks to pupils in Years 5 and 6.

But the extra funding will mean around 1,000 children will be able to start at a younger age.

More primary schools have signed up for the course and others will be contacted and offered the chance to book their pupils in for this important safety training.

Paul Watson, road safety manager at the county council, said: “Our aim is for every primary school child to have the opportunity to receive the training.”