Winners announced for Tour of Britain jersey competition

Winners have been announced for a Tour of Britain competition that saw schools across the county design Northumberland themed cycling jerseys.

The competition is part of the County Council’s celebrations to mark the arrival of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race which will be coming to the county in September.

Northumberland schoolchildren were invited to come up with their own jersey design, with the winning entry brought to life and turned into a jersey, which will then be presented to their school.

A prize fund of £10,000 to spend on sporting activities and school trips was also up for grabs, will schools able to enter designs into three age categories - Reception to Year 4, Year 5 to 8 and Year 9 and above.

Winners of the Reception to Year 4 category are Broomhaugh C of E First School in Riding Mill, which featured Hadrian’s Wall under a sky of stars, designed by Year 4 pupil Adam Symes, who said he thinks these are the two best things about living in Northumberland.

The Year 5 to 8 category was won by The Duchess’s Community High School in Alnwick, which featured a red and yellow design with a puffin on the reverse of the jersey. Designed by Year 8 pupil Sam Threlfall, who said he wanted to represent the Farne Islands in his design by incorporating a puffin as Northumberland are famous for them.

Finally, winners of the Year 9 and above category are Berwick Academy who designed a jersey as part of their Year 10 GCSE Art class. Working as a team, 10B designed a jersey which features the North Northumberland landscape and historical landmarks the area has to offer. Over the past year the class have been working on applying art for commercial purposes and used their knowledge and skills in this area to design their jersey.

Cabinet Member for Children’s Services Wayne Daley said: “We had some fantastic entries from children of all ages across all areas of our county. It was a tough decision choosing winners, but all schools that entered should be extremely proud of their efforts.”

“We have been working with schools across Northumberland to encourage them to get involved in sporting activities in the run up to the Tour of Britain in September, as well as giving them designated spots along the route to spectate.

“We hope that the winning schools will use their prize funding to invest in sports development opportunities and educational trips for their pupils.”

The North of Tyne Combined Authority is hosting Stage Three of the prestigious OVO Energy Tour of Britain on Monday 9 September which will see the world’s top riders and teams contesting a 114 mile route through the region.

The race will start in Berwick, crossing the Grade 1 listed Berwick Bridge before heading along the Tweed Valley and  down the Northumberland coast before heading into North Tyneside, and culminating in a dramatic finish on Grey Street in Newcastle city centre.

It will be broadcast to 166 countries which will raise the profile of the region’s wonderful communities, iconic landmarks and beautiful landscapes to an international audience. 

“When the Tour last came to the county in 2017 it was estimated that the Northumberland  economy was given a massive £4 million boost and we are again working hard to ensure that as many people as possible support and benefit from this year’s event.” Cllr Daley added.

All schools who submitted an entry will receive £100 from the fund for taking part. They can spend this on sporting activities or school trips for pupils.

Latest information on the race can be found at www.northoftyne-tob.co.uk

Full list of winners:

Reception to Year 4
1st Place - Broomhaugh C of E First School, Riding Mill
2nd Place - Wylam First School, Wylam
3rd Place - Amble First School, Amble

Year 5 to Year 8
1st Place - The Duchhess’s Community High School, Alnwick
2nd Place (Joint) - Berwick Middle School, Berwick and Meadowdale Academy, Bedlington
3rd Place - Hexham Middle School, Hexham

Year 9 and above
1st Place - Berwick Academy, Berwick
2nd Place - Prudhoe Community High School, Prudhoe
3rd Place (Joint) - James Calvert Spence College, Amble and The Duchess’s Community High School, Amble
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