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Riddings school and local PCSO to reach for the STARS as they are shortlisted for regional travel award

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A school in Riddings who have been working with their local Safer Neighbourhood policing team and Derbyshire County Council on safe, active and sustainable travel have been shortlisted for a regional Modeshift STARS award.

It is to recognise the efforts of Riddings Infant and Nursery School and PCSO Matt Thompson of the Somercotes and Riddings Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team in Derbyshire County Council’s Travel Smart initiative.

PCSO Thompson has taken part in a few of the school’s travel campaign highlights during the past year, including helping to deliver a Balanceability day and during two active travel campaigns where the school travelled together on foot, bicycle or scooter.

He also loaned his legs after the journey by providing pedal power to make some healthy homemade smoothies as an extra incentive to encourage the youngsters taking part in the initiative.

The school will find out at a ceremony tonight (Tuesday 26 November) in Birmingham if they have managed to clinch the Midlands and North West Regional title.

It is not the first time Riddings Infant and Nursery School, and our team, has been up for the award. They achieved a national Modeshift award in 2016, on top of the regional accolade for effective partnership working earlier the same year.

PCSO Matt Thompson said: “I’m honoured yet again to be part of the initiative around safe, active and sustainable travel for youngsters at Riddings Infant and Nursery School, which has seen us be nominated for another regional Modeshift STARS award.

“It wouldn’t be possible without some fantastic team work to encourage ways to travel to school which in turn help lower the impact of congestion during school run times which affect the wider community.”

The awards are given out annually by Modeshift, a national organisation which aims to increase active and sustainable modes of travel and supports the provision of skills, training and experience to allow young people to travel more actively, safely and independently.

They were nominated by Derbyshire County Council’s Sustainable Travel Team, who work to encourage and develop sustainable travel options across the county.

The awards are designed to recognise and reward Modeshift members for schemes, projects or other activities that support and encourage sustainable travel, by highlighting best practise, showing innovation and being inspirational.

For more information on Modeshift visit or email

To contact the Somercotes and Riddings Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team call 101 or send them a message online through the Contact Us page of the website,

You can also follow the team on Twitter, @SomercotesSNT, or on Facebook,
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