Tour de France visit to school

A warm welcome from the children of Kippax School as the Tour de France legend Bernard Hinault who was a five times winner of the big race presents Taylor Bosworth a pupil at the school with a signed Yellow Jersey which is worn by the Race Leader.
A warm welcome from the children of Kippax School as the Tour de France legend Bernard Hinault who was a five times winner of the big race presents Taylor Bosworth a pupil at the school with a signed Yellow Jersey which is worn by the Race Leader.

Children at Kippax North J&I School had a wheely important visitor as five-times Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault dropped in.

Bernard was part of a delegation from the Tour de France, which next year will start in Yorkshire, which visited Kippax and Brigshaw High School in Allerton Bywater.

Barbara Clark, Kippax North headteacher, said: “It was fabulous. The children were brilliant and they were just so enthusiastic. It was just magical – I can’t stop smiling.”

The school was chosen as it has a strong cycling culture, with pupils helping to create a cycle track on the perimeter of its grounds, while Brigshaw has also been involved in becoming a cycle-friendly school.

Bernard, Christianne Prudhomme, the the general director of the Tour de France and other delegates, spent time with pupils at both schools, as part of a tour of Yorkshire schools.

Mrs Clark added: “Bernard and Christianne were overwhelmed with the children’s reception and the effort they put into making banners.

“That they made time to come and meet the children and talk to them about how important it is for them to have dreams is amazing.

“That’s why they really wanted to see children on this visit, they wanted to inspire them.

“It said on their website after the visit that the day belonged to Kippax North, and they said they’d never had such a welcome as they had here.

“That made the children feel very special.”