Test Valley Mayor clocks up Golden Miles with Primary School pupils.

9th May 2018
Written by
Energise Me

Councillor Carl Borg-Neal, Mayor of Test Valley, joined Lockerley and Wellow Primary Schools last week to see how they use the Golden Mile to get pupils active.

Premier Education’s Golden Mile initiative aims to inspire and encourage children to get active every day. Pupils simply walk, skip or jog around a measured track within the safety of the school grounds.

The schools were chosen as they were the first from Test Valley to sign up to the Golden Mile. Lockerley signed up at the beginning of February last year and Wellow followed after the Golden Mile Festival held in Winchester last July. Both schools have been clocking up the miles since joining the initiative.

Cllr Borg-Neal has prioritised physical activity for many years as a Councillor and Coach. During his post as the Test Valley Mayor, he has especially focused on improving PE in schools.

Councillor Carl Borg-Neal, Mayor of Test Valley said:

“I love the Golden Mile, it gets kids out and about in the fresh air, doing some activity for around 10 minutes a day. It’s so beneficial for health, physically and mentally.”

The Mayor joined Wellow Primary School in the morning. The rain didn’t dampen spirits as pupils put on their coats and began running and walking around the track. Councillor Carl Borg-Neal joined the pupils, alternating between a brisk walk and a run so he could chat to all the children.

Laura Lea – Subject Leader for PE and Sport at Wellow Primary School said:

“The Golden Mile is embedded in our school routine. Since starting it, we have noticed an improvement in the fitness, wellbeing and concentration of our children.”

 A Year 6 pupil from Wellow Primary School said:

“I love being out in the fresh air for the Golden Mile, it makes me feel more awake for my learning.”

The sun shone in the afternoon as the Mayor joined Lockerley for the second Golden Mile of the day. The pupils excitedly walked and chatted with the Mayor discussing their laps and times.

Ruth Appleby-Smith- PE Coordinator at Lockerley Primary School said:

“At Lockerley we do the Golden Mile in the afternoons at least three times a week, sometimes more! A break in the afternoon sessions helps the children clear their head and come back to their learning with renewed enthusiasm and invigoration. The children also have improved levels of stamina through exercising every single day. For the teachers it’s a chance to spend 10 mins walking or running with the children. In an already jam-packed day something as easy to run as the Golden Mile gives the teachers a moments fresh air to clear their heads too.”

To sign up your school to the Golden Mile, get in touch with Alannah. You can also check out more information on our the Golden Mile page.

Photo Credit – Terry Jamieson, Viewfinders of Romsey Camera Club

For more information
Kelly Bailey
Project Officer – PE and School Sport
Call 01962 676382
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