4,000 Barnet school kids put best feet forward in the name of good health

By Dave Speck in Local People

More than 4,000 Barnet school children took part in a simultaneous walking event inspired by the Mayor of Barnet’s Golden Kilometre initiative.

The coordinated walk, held last Thursday (March 16), involved children from eight Barnet schools setting out to cover a kilometre at five different venues around the borough.

Mayor of Barnet, Councillor David Longstaff, who travelled between each venue said: “It was fantastic to see how much enthusiasm the children had for being outdoors and getting active.

“It’s a really inspiring and fun way for children to keep fit and healthy, and ready to learn.”

The walk involved pupils from Barnfield Primary, Broadfields Primary, Colindale Primary, Edgware Primary, Goldbeaters Primary, Rosh Pinah Primary, The Orion Primary and Woodcroft Primary.

Craig Tallon, headteacher of Woodcroft Primary, and the event’s coordinator, said: “This event was a fantastic way of encouraging our children to keep fit and healthy and leave them energised and ready to learn.”

Meanwhile, sixteen Barnet schools have currently signed up to the initiative, under which they have mapped out a one-kilometre route around their school grounds, or near their school, around which pupils complete a daily walk, run, skip or jog – with the benefit of keeping fit, active and improving concentration and classroom behaviour.

Councillor Caroline Stock, who initially proposed the idea for the borough-wide scheme, said: “It’s really brilliant to see so many children today enjoying being active.It’s simple, costs nothing and works.

“Children don’t need special equipment or a change of clothing, they simply go out of the classroom for 15 minutes and complete 1 km.”

Middlesex University has followed two Barnet schools over just six weeks and seen the positive effect it has on obesity. A further benefit is that both teachers and parents join in and also get fitter!”

More information can be found by visiting: www.barnet.gov.uk/goldenkm

The initiative is being supported by Barnet and Harrow Public Health team, the council’s Sport and Physical Activity team, Saracens Sport Foundation, England Athletics Middlesex University, and the Barnet Partnership for School Sport

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