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Pigeon racing to be added to curriculum in Staffordshire

Pigeons can fly distances of 1000km in one race Credit: RPRA

A school in Staffordshire is adding a new subject to the curriculum that is sure to get pupils flapping.

Kingsmead Technology College in Hednesford, Staffordshire, is introducing pigeon racing as a subject for pupils to study.

The sport has been trialled over the last 18 months among a small group of children - and has proved to be a massive hit.

Richard Chambers, the teacher behind the sport, says the topic will help children with maths and working out velocities by calculating distance and time.

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A lost racing pigeon from Staffordshire has turned up 3000 miles away in Canada

Percy the pigeon was found in Canada, 3000 miles away from its home in Cannock
Percy the pigeon was found in Canada, 3000 miles away from its home in Cannock Credit: RPRA

A racing pigeon which was in a race from France to Staffordshire has turned up 3000 miles away in Canada.

It was meant to be flying from France to Cannock but got lost and was found by a pigeon racer in Quebec.

The pigeon was identified by its racing rubber rings on its legs
The pigeon was identified by its racing rubber rings on its legs Credit: RPRA
Michel Gosselin, Canadian pigeon enthusiast with Percy
Michel Gosselin, Canadian pigeon enthusiast with Percy Credit: RPRA

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