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Gresley footballers take part in cycle challenge

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 24, 2014

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A SOUTH Derbyshire school welcomed members of Gresley FC first team and club mascot Elvis Gresley to help in a charity challenge.

Pupils at the Pingle School, in Coronation Street, Swadlincote, are currently ‘cycling’ Around the World in 80 School Days as part of a fund-raising challenge set by Burton Mail Children of Courage award winner and Year 11 pupil Chelsea Neat.

After getting the likes of Derby County and staff from St George’s Park to take part, players from the Moat Ground-based club jumped at the chance to ride a few miles in the saddle.

Chelsea told the Mail: “We are making good progress around the world and look set to be back in Swadlincote in time for Sports Relief in March.

“The players from Gresley FC did a great job adding miles to our total. Even Elvis made a great effort.”

Matt Toulson, football in the community officer at the club, said: “As a club we are dedicated to engaging with the community and see sport playing a key role in bringing that community together.

“When we were asked to help out on the cycle challenge by the school the players were delighted to get on the bikes.

“Gresley FC and Pingle are both at the heart of our community and we are at the start of what we all hope will be a valuable relationship between the club and school.”

Deb Holland, assistant head teacher, said: “We cannot thank the players enough for their brilliant effort on the bikes.

“They clocked up more than 100 kilometres between them and hopefully this extra training will pay dividends for them on the pitch.”

The Around the World in 80 School Days cycle challenge in aid of Sports Relief and Help for Heroes has seen a number of guest cyclists take part since it started late last year. The school is due to complete the trek in time for Sports Relief in March and is on target to raise thousands of pounds for the charities involved.

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