Schools to design a Northumberland jersey for Britain’s biggest cycle tour
July 2, 2019
School children from across the county are being invited to take part in a competition to create a winning design for a Northumberland themed design cycling jersey.
The competition is part of Northumberland 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.
A cycling jersey is a specially designed T-shirt which is often made from synthetic material to help keep the cyclist cool. In competitions, designs and colours show which team riders are part of, who is winning a particular competition or race, and even if they are a World Champion!
Northumberland schoolchildren are being invited to come up with their own jersey design. The winning entry will be brought to life when the design is printed, framed and presented to their school.
There are three age categories – reception to year 4, year 5-8 and year 9 onwards – with some fantastic cash prizes. A prize fund of £10,000 will be shared among the winning schools to spend on sporting activities or school trips. The winning designs will also be turned into a real life jersey and presented to schools.
Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children’s Services Wayne Daley said,: “We are encouraging businesses, communities and schools to support the Tour of Britain celebrations. This competition is a great opportunity for local schoolchildren to get creative and get involved. They can design a cycling jersey with any design they wish as long as it has a Northumberland theme and I am sure there will be some colourful entries heading our way soon.”
The closing date for the jersey competition is July 15.
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 182 kilometre 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 the latest information on the race can be found at www.northoftyne-tob.co.uk
For further information and entry submission, please visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/
Pictured: Cllr Veronica Jones, Civic Head Ian Hutchinson, and Cllr Wayne Daley with schoolchildren at the Northumberland School Games