Selected schools across Scotland were awarded with a special festive visit this month to celebrate the strides they’ve made getting active on the school run.

Strider, the mascot of Living Streets, the UK charity of everyday walking kicked off their festive tour in Clackmannanshire with Alva Primary School and Banchory Primary School on 5 December; before continuing to other WOW schools across Scotland including Edinburgh, Dumfries and Galloway, Perth and Kinross, Angus, North Lanarkshire and Moray.

WOW is Living Streets’ year-round walk to school challenge. Pupils who walk to school at least once a week are rewarded with a monthly collectable badge, helping to create a habit for life. 

Schools which take part in WOW see an increase in walking rates by 23 per cent on average, reduction in congestion around the school gates and a more active and healthier journey to school for both children and their families.

Children learned about the benefits of walking to school in the winter months, met the famous Strider and took part in festive activities.

Christmas Strider

Donna Cromb, Schools Associate, Living Streets Scotland said:

“Strider’s festive tour rounds off a very positive and active year for these schools in Scotland. Pupils who have walked to school have benefitted from being more active and from cleaner air by reducing the number of cars on the school run.”

WOW is currently being run in 23 local authorities in Scotland benefiting over 50,000 pupils.

Cllr Graham Lindsay, Education Spokesperson said:

“It’s great to see the children at Alva and Banchory being rewarded for walking to school with this visit from Strider. Young people from schools throughout Clackmannanshire are being encouraged to walk to school when they can, helping them to get into healthy habits for the rest of their lives.”