Living Streets has been recognised at the Leicester Mercury Education Awards for our work encouraging more children to walk to school. 

Living Streets was named the winner in the Healthy Schools category for WOW – the year-round walk to school challenge, which has run in 75 schools in Leicester since 2012.   

WOW rewards pupils who travel actively to school at least once a week with a different collectable badge, helping them develop healthy habits for life. 

In primary schools, WOW sees walking rates increase by 23% on average, and results in a corresponding drop in car use. 

The Leicester Mercury Education Awards recognise outstanding individuals in the education world.

Katie France leads the WOW challenge in Leicester and was at the ceremony on 7 December at the King Power Stadium to see her hard work acknowledged. 

Katie France picks up the award


Katie France, Project Coordinator, Living Streets is presented the award by Ian Caldwell from Nuffield Health, sponsors of the Healthy Schools category.  (Photo credit – Leicester Mercury/ Peter Fothergill)

It’s fantastic to see our work in schools being recognised. The award is not only a credit to Living Streets but to the enthusiastic pupils, teachers and parents who walk with us.  The walk to school is a great opportunity for children to get active; helping them to stay fit and maintain a healthy weight.  That’s why we’re committed to encouraging more families in Leicester to walk to school, and making it possible for them to do so.

Katie France, Project Coordinator, Living Streets