Premiere of Tour de France film for Rotherham school

Published Tuesday, 17th June 2014
Children cycling
Children taking part in Sustrans activities

A new short film by Yorkshire school children explaining the Tour de France and its visit to Yorkshire for the 2014 Grand Départ has been premiered at St Thomas CofE Primary School, Kilnhurst.

The film has been created for the Yorkshire Festival 2014 by charity Sustrans who have been working with schools in Yorkshire since 2004 to increase the numbers of children cycling to school. Yorkshire Festival 2014 is the first ever arts festival to precede the Grand D├ępart in its 111 year history.

Schools from across Yorkshire were invited to submit a two-minute film about the 2014 Tour de France visit to Yorkshire, or they could focus on topics including the history, the route, the jerseys, the bikes and the rules of the Tour de France. The six best entries were chosen by a judging panel of staff from Sustrans, Welcome to Yorkshire and Rattle Media and then re-created, by professional film makers Rattle Media.

Max Bilbow from Rattle Media said: "We know that an inspiring video begins with a great concept. There were so many fantastic entries and the winners really came up with some exceptional and unique ideas. Our task has been challenging, to say the least, but with the help of those talented students, we hope we have made their films even better."

The winning entries came from schools across the region and include a documentary style look at the History of the Tour de France from St Thomas C of E School in Kilnhurst and a great "Back to the Future" look at the bikes of the Tour from Kingfisher Primary School in Doncaster.

Gill Ramsay, Head Teacher at St Thomas CE Primary School, who hosted the premier event, was very pleased to have won the History category: "It has been such a great opportunity to work with Sustrans and take part in Bonjour Film Your Tour competition, which has given us a way of bringing the excitement of the Yorkshire Grand Depart into a reality.

"The children really enjoyed making the film, both during their classroom lessons with our Sustrans schools officer, Natalie Whelan, and when Rattle Media came to remake the film with us. The whole school have enjoyed the buzz of being involved in such an event and the final film is brilliant."

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