Kids win in World Cup fitness contest

CHILDREN across Doncaster are being encouraged to think about how they travel to school as they attempt to make their way the equivalent distance to Johannesburg where the World Cup final will be held on Sunday.

NHS Doncaster's Get Doncaster Walking campaign has joined forces with Doncaster Council and the Get Active and Flying High School Sport Partnerships to run an active travel competition for local primary schools linked to the finals in South Africa.

Until the end of this week 29 primaries will compete to see which can be the first to actively travel – walk, cycle, scooter, park and stride – the equivalent of 5,776 miles from Doncaster to Jo'burg.

Andy Picken, a public health development worker, said: "Walking or cycling to school is an ideal way for children to exercise as part of their daily routine and the World Cup provides us with an ideal opportunity to make the school journey healthier and more exciting."

Children who live too far to walk or cycle to school are included in the scheme. Each school has been given a map showing a 'park and stride' zone in the shape of a football where they must park outside the football area and walk the rest of the way.

Schools are able to win trophies, T-shirts and a top prize of a day of cycling activities.

NHS Doncaster is encouraging all age groups across Doncaster to make physical activity part of their every day lives in order to improve their health and wellbeing.

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