Ten days of healthier ways to get into school

South Yorkshire pupils are being urged to take on a healthy challenge – by walking, cycling or scooting to school for 10 days in a row.

The event begins next Monday and runs until June 20 and every child who completes it will receive a certificate and a special badge.

Parents and other family members are being encouraged to take part too.

Schools reaching their own targets – with both pupils and staff taking part – could win visits from a theatre company or a cycle stunt team, or receive funding for scooter or cycle storage facilities.

The fortnight is supported by the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, which has provided schools with a pack full of helpful hints and tips, plus free wall charts and stickers.

Safer Roads Education Manager Joanne Wehrle said: “Walking, cycling, skating and scooting are all active ways in which pupils and their families can travel to school.

“Last year over 8,000 children took part in 35 different schools. This year we are looking to make it bigger and better.

“By participating in the challenge, pupils will be fitter, healthier, and more alert and fewer cars on the school run will help to reduce congestion on our roads.”