Pupils from Hoyland Springwood Primary School in Barnsley were joined by special guests this week (Thursday 20 May) to celebrate the strides they are making to get more active on the school run.

Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis; Active Travel Commissioner, Dame Sarah Storey; and Stephanie Peacock MP joined pupils on a walk to school to celebrate national Walk to School Week (17-21 May).

Hoyland Springwood 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. 

Mary Creagh, Chief Executive, Living Streets said:    

“I’m thrilled to be in Barnsley to celebrate the great work the pupils here are doing to get active after lockdown and reduce the risk, congestion and pollution from cars on the school run. 

“Walk to School Week is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the fresh air, fun, freedom, and friendship that walking to school brings and that every child deserves.”

Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said:

“I’m determined to support more children and families to walk or cycle to school. The school run provides a good opportunity to be active before the day begins and will help reduce the number of cars outside the school gates.

“I was pleased to join children from Hoyland Springwood Primary school on their walk today and to hear from them about how they benefit from walking and cycling to school. We are working to ensure children across South Yorkshire benefit from active travel and see a reduction in cars at the school gates.”

Dame Sarah Storey, Active Travel Commissioner for the Sheffield City Region, said:

“Each year, children across South Yorkshire are exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution on the school run, and by working in partnership with Living Streets we can promote the benefits of active travel to both children and parents and carers.

“I was delighted to join the children from Hoyland Springwood Primary School and to see the fun they had on their walk to school. Chatting to the children during the time we had with them in school demonstrated how engaged even our youngest are in wanting to find ways to be outside and moving, as often as possible. I hope this encourages other schools, children and parents to start walking, cycling or scooting to school.”

Barnsley pupils
Barnsley pupils

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