Heathfield children put one step forward to fitness

The streets of Heathfield came alive last month with the sound of children’s footsteps.

October marked International Walk to School Month’s 13th year which was run by UK national charity Living Streets.

It aimed to encourage pupils to walk to and from school at least once a week during October.

By getting off the car seat and onto their two feet, pupils at Parkside Primary School beat the streets and beat the traffic at the same time.

Barratt Homes sponsored schools to take part in Strider’s World Championship Challenge to encourage pupils to walk to school. Wall charts, sports badges and individual travel diaries for each pupil to fill in were provided.

Richard Blakeley, head teacher at Parkside, said: “We encourage all our pupils to walk to school. Even those children that live further away can take part by getting dropped off a little distance away and walking the rest.

“Not only does walking to school improve the health and wellbeing of the pupils here, it also impacts positively on the environment.

“Fewer cars travelling to and from the school leads to a better relationship with local residents, and a safer area outside the school gates.”