Pupils are getting a scoot on at Leeds school

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Pupils across Leeds are getting a scoot on as part of a city-wide challenge in a bid to be named a scooting champion.

Young people from six schools are taking on the Scoot to School challenge to win a new scooter storage space for their school.

Terry Price, 26, from MADDGEAR Scooter team jumping over Ireland Wood Primary School headteacher Ian Blackburn.

Terry Price, 26, from MADDGEAR Scooter team jumping over Ireland Wood Primary School headteacher Ian Blackburn.

The scheme has been spearheaded by Leeds City Council as part of a bid to encourage more children to travel in a healthy and sustainable way.

And youngsters enjoyed a special demonstrated by scooter stunt display team MGP UK at the launch of the initiative at Ireland Wood Primary yesterday.

The team is made up of some of the most influential and talented athletes in their chosen sport.

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Stunt rider Jordan Foyle, 17.

Stunt rider Jordan Foyle, 17.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said: “Scooting encourages active travel from an early age and develops skills which will also help with cycling such as steering, stopping and balancing. As well as being fun, it encourages children to exercise.

“It also helps to reduce the number of cars on the school run, therefore easing congestion at the school gate.”

Schools taking part in the project include, Ireland Wood Primary, Bramhope Primary, Cookridge Holy Name Catholic Primary, Cookridge Holy Trinity C of E Primary, Iveson Primary and Rawdon Littlemoor Primary.

Twelve pupils from each school will be going head-to-head in order to win top spot in a series of challenging scooter races and activities.

The scooting challenge marks the start of this year’s European Mobility Week and those taking part will meet at Ireland Wood Primary to participate in a warm up, scooter race and attend a scooter skills course.

PLANS: Gipton Juniors training at Fearnville Leisure Centre where the new school was proposed to be built.

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