Cycling champion Nikki Brammeier gave girls from Friesland School a masterclass at Derby’s velodrome in an event organised by Erewash School Sport Partnership.
Nikki, an ex-student at Friesland who is from Draycott, has won many championships across various disciplines.
Most recently she took first place at the British National Cyclo-cross Championships and last year she rode with the Team GB squad at the Olympic Games in Rio, in support of team-mate Lizzie Armitstead.
Nikki joined students from Friesland, in Sandiacre, at Derby’s velodrome and helped them to find their feet on the track as part of Erewash School Sport Partnership’s involvement in the This Girl Can campaign.
She said: “It’s great for the girls to get out onto the track and do something different. They were nervous at first but it was amazing to see their confidence grow. This Girl Can is a fantastic campaign and hopefully it’s inspiring women of every age and level.”
Kelly Noble, PE teacher at Friesland School, said the girls had been excited to get out onto the track.
She said: “The girls were so excited to go to the velodrome. They were nervous but it was great to see their progression and to watch their confidence grow. They were totally out of their comfort zone as this was something completely different for them.”
Student Isobel Tiller, 12, said: “I was really nervous when I started off but I felt more confident the more I cycled.”
Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership development manager, said this was a fantastic opportunity for the Friesland students.
She said: “We were extremely grateful to Nikki for taking time out of her busy schedule to support the girls from Friesland.
“They had never cycled around the velodrome before so it was great to have someone with Nikki’s experience there to support and help them.
“By all accounts they had a great time and went from complete beginners to cycling around the track with confidence.”