Feb 29, 2016
Going the Extra Kilometre
In recent months primary school children have been taking part in a revolutionary project aimed at getting pupils fit, active and improving concentration by jogging or walking 1 kilometre every school day. The scheme has been inspired by the success of the ‘Daily Mile’ project run by a school in Stirling.
Since October last year two schools in the borough have taken part in a pilot of the Mayor of Barnet’s ‘Golden Kilometre Challenge’. On Wednesday 24 February, pupils and staff from these two schools (Grasvenor Infant School and St Andrew’s Primary School) attended a tea party with the Mayor of Barnet at Hendon Town Hall to celebrate their achievement. Both schools have noticed improvements in classroom behaviour and consumption of food at lunchtime as well as the fitness and stamina of less confident children.
The challenge is now being expanded with primary schools across the borough being encouraged to take part. London Sport Institute at Middlesex University will be periodically monitoring the progress of the pupils taking part in 2016 throughout the challenge to help understand the health benefits of daily exercise for school pupils.
The initiative is being driven by Saracens Sport Foundation, the council’s Public Health team and Sport and Physical Activity team, Middlesex University and Barnet Partnership for School Sports.
The Mayor of Barnet said: “I would like to congratulate all the pupils and staff who have put so much effort into taking part in the challenge.
“The challenge is a fantastic way of encouraging our children to keep fit and healthy and leave them energised and ready to learn.
“I would like to encourage as many other schools across the borough to now get involved and take up the challenge over the coming months.”
If you know of a school in Barnet who might be interested in taking part in the Mayor of Barnet’s Golden KM challenge 2016 please ask them to contact Emily Neilan firstname.lastname@example.org 0203 675 7244