CILGERRAN Primary School was one of four Pembrokeshire schools recently treated to an impressive BMX bike display from Matti Hemmings, a professional BMX rider who travels the world demonstrating his amazing talent.

The schools were chosen because of their outstanding performance in the Sustrans Big Pedal Challenge.

Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling, walking and scooting challenge. It inspires pupils, staff and parents to choose human power for their journey to school.

A record 3.8 million journeys were logged during Big Pedal 2019.

Sioned Lewis, Sustrans Cymru school officer said: “The pupils thoroughly deserved this fantastic prize as reward for their brilliant work over the Big Pedal challenge.

“Matti’s demonstration was incredible to see. Some of the stunts were unbelievable. It was lovely to see the pupils having such a good time and I’m sure this will serve as an incentive to do even better in the Big Pedal next year.”

The events were sponsored by Pembrokeshire County Council.

The authority’s cabinet member for planning and infrastructure, Cllr Phil Baker, said it was pleasing to see Pembrokeshire schools doing so well in a national competition that promotes Active Travel.

Cllr Baker added: “Pupils in the county are being encouraged to travel sustainably via schemes such as the Safe Routes in Communities programme and - in conjunction with cycling charity Sustrans - the Active Journeys programme.

“This helps schools increase the number travelling actively through school activities and events The benefits to health, general well-being and the environment make behaviour change away from travelling by car worthwhile.”