Hillside Primary School in Helsby had lots to celebrate with fun and prizes this week. Active Cheshire teamed up with New Balance in September 2014 to introduce SparkStart, an exciting and innovative programme to encourage more school aged children to get active and so improve health, wellbeing and self-esteem through movement and physical activity.
The school were the first in Cheshire to take part in New Balance’s 100 mile challenge with all children receiving a pedometer to record their activity. The challenge encourages pupils to run, swim, walk, jog or cycle 100 miles during the period, in school or at home. Schools record the miles completed and prizes are given to outstanding participants.
Hillside have made a huge effort with the programme with over 5,000 miles clocked up already. In the lead though are pupils Mollie Kerr (5) and Jess O’Neill (5) who each walked over 100 miles within a few weeks of the launch. They were surprised with prizes of New Balance trainers and the school received a bursary of £500 from Active Cheshire and New Balance to spend on new sports equipment so that the school can continue to provide high quality PE and sport to their pupils.
Craig Richardson, Head Teacher for Helsby Hillside Primary School: “As a school, we are committed to get our children active. This was a great initiative provided by New Balance and Active Cheshire. This formed part of our efforts to encourage all pupils to be physically active and lead a healthy lifestyle. This was a challenge I felt we could achieve. To date we have completed approximately 5,000 miles across the school with two pupils completed 100 mile within a few weeks of the challenge."
To keep things moving during the award, Active Archie from Active Cheshire led a dance off and got everyone to join in!
Anne Boyd, CEO of Active Cheshire said: “We are delighted that the staff and children at Hillside have embraced this programme. The challenge embeds ‘active habits’ with children and working with New Balance has meant we could get local children doing this in an accessible and engaging way. The success of the challenge can be seen by the distance the school have covered and well done to Mollie and Jess for their hard work.”
Emma Moses, HR Advisor for New Balance UK, added: “We are proud to be inspiring young people to be more active by taking part in the New Balance 100 Mile Challenge as part of the Sparkstart programme. We are pleased that the school continues to encourage their pupils to take part and we would like to congratulate Mollie Kerr and Jess O’Neill who have already completed the challenge”.