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Archie Foundation and Active Schools organise inspirational talk for Oldmachar Academy pupils in the build up to Tour of Britain


Pupils at Oldmachar Academy are gearing up for an inspirational afternoon on Friday 2 September as part of the build up to the Tour of Britain, the UK’s biggest cycling race.  

Arranged by The Archie Foundation with support from Lead Active Schools Coordinator, John Dixon – 20 Higher PE pupils will gather in the school’s library to welcome a visit from two of the world’s top Paralympic cyclists, Neil Fachie OBE and Lora Fachie OBE.

Husband and wife Neil and Lora will showcase the world of Para-cycling and speak about sporting triumphs throughout their careers at the Paralympic Games, Road World Championships, Track World Championships and the Commonwealth Games.

After the engaging and inspirational presentation, pupils will have the chance to ask questions.

Graeme Dale, Head of Sport and Active Communities, said: “This is an excellent opportunity for Higher PE pupils at Oldmachar Academy to be inspired and hear from two world-class Paralympic cyclists.

“It is great to see a plethora of activities on offer in the north-east as part of the Tour of Britain cycling festival and we are delighted to be involved.

“Following this event, we hope to strengthen Sport Aberdeen’s partnership with The Archie Foundation and explore ways to collaborate again in the future.”

Lynne Brooks, Partnerships Manager at The Archie Foundation, said: ““We are delighted to be bringing together both a visit to Neil’s old high school and to Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH) this week, to help inspire the next generation. “Neil and Lora are incredibly inspirational individuals, both Neil and Lora have recently joined as Patrons of The Archie Foundation and we hope that will inspire many of our patients that anything is possible, no matter your diagnosis.”