Pupils from Sandal Castle Primary School in Wakefield were joined by Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin this week (Wednesday 19 May) to celebrate the strides they are making to get more active on the school run.
The new Mayor of West Yorkshire Tracy Brabin joined Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee; Cllr Jacquie Speight, Portfolio holder for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council; and Mary Creagh, Chief Executive of Living Streets and former MP for Wakefield to celebrate national Walk to School Week.
Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin celebrates Walk to School Week with Sandal Castle Primary School pupils, Tyler, Megan and Ryley, and Living Streets' CEO, Mary Creagh.
Sandal Castle Primary School pupils are taking part in WOW – the year-round walk to school challenge from Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.
WOW rewards children who walk to school at least once a week with collectable monthly badges. On average, WOW schools see a 23 per cent increase in pupils walking to school and a 30 per cent drop in cars driving all the way to the school gates, helping to reduce congestion, air pollution and increase physical activity amongst children.
Living Streets’ mascot, Strider, joined pupils to award badges to those who had walked, cycled or scooted to school.
Sandal Castle Primary School is taking part in WOW thanks to funding from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s CityConnect programme, which is supporting primary and secondary schools across West Yorkshire with Living Streets’ WOW and Next Steps projects, to enable more pupils to travel to school more actively.
Next Steps supports and encourages final year pupils at primary school to walk, cycle or scoot to the secondary school they go on to attend.
Year 6 pupils at Sandal Castle will get involved in Next Steps during the summer term, followed by a walking challenge in the autumn at nearby Kettlethorpe High School.
Cllr Jacquie Speight, Portfolio holder for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council; Mary Creagh, Chief Executive of Living Streets; Strider; Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin and Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee.