Walking to a safer future

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PUPILS from a Wigan primary school have been given a helping hand from a famous face to celebrate Walk to School week.

Warriors rising star centre Iain Thornley visited Highfield St Matthews school to dish out high-visibility jackets to help encourage children to walk to school every morning.

Headteacher Elaine Tyrell, said: “We believe walking to school is important and try to encourage as many of our pupils as possible to walk to school in a safe and sensible fashion.

“Initiatives like this help to get the children excited about walking to school.

“By increasing physical activity every day, not only is it benefitting the pupils health, the pupils have the opportunity to burn off some energy before the school day begins and we can also reduce congestion outside the school gates.”

The Walk to School initiative recommends that children get at least an hour of physical activity everyday and is encouraging them to get a head start by getting their blood pumping in the mornings.

Barratt Homes is supporting the programme and sponsoring the jackets, sales manager Lee Bowers, said: “By offering pupils at St Matthews a helping hand and donating the high-vis equipment, the pupils will be encouraged to walk to school and can stay safe as winter approaches and the dark nights draw in.”