25th Jun, 2022

Primary school set to use pedal power in an attempt to save loved Plas Y Moch

Shaun Reynolds 2nd Jun, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A COVENTRY primary school is gearing up for an epic cycle challenge as part of a citywide campaign to raise £250,000 to fund Plas Y Moch.

The ambitious eight month project has seen teachers and year six pupils at Finham Primary School in Green Lane work closely with Leamington bike trader John Atkins Cycles to design, restore and construct a bike.

With parts individually sourced from all over the world, the bike is now set to take to the road with teachers as part of a bid to fundraise the sustainability of Plas Dol Y Moc – an outdoor adventure centre based in Wales used by the city’s school.

This Sunday (June 5), headteacher Richard Machin and teachers will be taking it in turns to cycle as far as possible from Finham Primary over 24 hours in an attempt to cover 5,777 miles – the distance from Coventry to Rio.

Children will also do their bit to cover the distance over a week from Monday (June 6) by taking part in a sponsored walk around Draycote Water and walking to and from school each day.

Richard said: “Dol Y Moch has been used by Coventry schools for 50 years and has given generations of children lasting memories.

“In order for children to continue experiencing outdoor adventure the centre needs to be supported, so the school is eager to do whatever they can to fundraise.

“The Finham bike is the result of eight months of children’s hard work designing and restoring to make sure it is best equipped to help teachers cover as many miles as possible – now it’s up to us to make sure we cover the distance and don’t disappoint.

“Pupils will also get involved by hedging bets to predict how many miles the team manage to cover – with the child who guesses the closest to the result winning the bike.”

Route to Rio is a fundraising project which combines the 50th Anniversary of Plas Dol Y Moch with the Olympic Games in Rio 2016.

It is organised by Coventry Sports Foundation and invites the city’s schoolchildren to take part in a host of outdoor sports to fundraise for the running costs of the residential outdoor centre.

Wendy Jackson, community development manager at the Foundation, said: “It is fantastic to see Finham Primary lead the way in fundraising for Dol Y Moch.

“Cycling, walking or running up to 5,777 miles is by no means a small feat and it’s great that pupils and teachers are so enthusiastic about taking part.”

Support community journalism by making a contribution

The Coventry Observer's team of journalists provide a trusted source of news, sport, entertainment and events going on in your area and issues which matter to you - both via our free weekly print edition and daily updates on our website.

Every contribution, however big or small, you can make will help us continue to do that now and in the future.

Thanks for reading this and the Coventry Observer.

Support Us

Are you on Facebook?

Like or follow our Facebook page - facebook.com/CovObserver to get daily news updates straight to your news feed.

Public Notices

View and download all of the public notices in the Coventry Observer.

Property Finder 24/7

Search for properties in Worcestershire, Warwickshire and the West Midlands.


Find a career you'll love with our free career finder website.

Reader Travel

Check out all of the latest reader travel offers to get your hands on some free gifts.