Teachers take cycle challenge with support of sprinter Darren Campbell

Bike riders Darren Taxis, Rupert Jordan, Jonathan Scarborough and Cliff Dutfield. 362D
Bike riders Darren Taxis, Rupert Jordan, Jonathan Scarborough and Cliff Dutfield. 362D
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Grantham teacher Darren Taxis is to attempt a gruelling bike ride next month to raise money for the Phoenix Academy in Grantham and Bernardos.

Darren, who was named as Sky Sports’ “Living for Sport” Teacher of the Year in 2011, will cycle from St Bees on the west coast of England up to Sunderland in the north-east between August 27 and August 31.

He will be joined by teaching colleagues Cliff Dutfield, Jonathon Scarborough and Rupert Jordan.

Darren said: “Since our school signed up to Sky Sports Living for Sport five years ago we have enjoyed working with our students to develop their skills both physically and mentally.

“The initiative has inspired us to continue to create exciting projects and reward students committed to improving their abilities. This fund-raising challenge allows us to raise money to upgrade and purchase new equipment, helping us to continue to deliver new projects and potentially also take some of our students to visit Manchester or the Olympic Velodrome. We would also like to make a donation to the Barnardos children’s charity.”

Ahead of his bike ride Darren received a message of support from British sprint star Darren Campbell.

He said: “Darren and The Phoenix Academy Trust are clearly extremely committed to Sky Sports’ Living for Sport.

“The impact of Darren’s determination is evident in the projects he runs at The Phoenix Academy Trust, allowing the students to grow in confidence, strengthen their focus and commit themselves to succeeding in all areas of life. Taking on their own challenge to enhance the school’s facilities and experiences, the teachers here will be setting a great example for their students.

We wish the team good luck with their attempt and hope that it is a terrific success.”

Halfords in Grantham are also providing the cyclists with a free bike service and an emergency pack to help them with their challenge.

For information on how you can sign your school up to Sky Sports’ Living for Sport for the next academic year, visit skysports.com/livingforsport.

To find out more about this cycling challenge or to sponsor the team, visit thephoenixschooltrust.co.uk