School sets pace for the Olympics

PRIMARY school youngsters have trekked a mammoth 1,000 miles in a bid to get fitter as part of a legacy from the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School is taking part in the Ready, Steady, Walk project led by Hartlepool Borough Council’s sports development team

It involves pupils collectively walking the equivalent distance between a city that has previously hosted the Olympics/Paralympics in the modern era and on to London, where the 2012 event is set to be staged.

As well as encouraging youngsters to be more active, the scheme also teaches them about Olympic values and the history of the games while exploring cross-curriculum links.

Pupils at the Stratford Road school chose Beijing in China, which hosted the 2008 games, as their starting point and they have already made enormous progress, walking 1041.5 miles out of a total of 6,784.

To launch their journey, they also learned Chinese words and made Chinese flags.

Rebecca Smith, assistant sports development officer for the council, said: “The children at St Cuthbert’s have shown great enthusiasm for the Ready, Steady, Walk project and I’d like to congratulate them on their efforts so far.

“I’d also like to thank the other seven schools for their participation and I know that they too have embraced the project wholeheartedly.

“We are determined to create an Olympic legacy of increased physical activity and improved health among Hartlepool children, and it’s not too late for other primary schools to get involved in this project.

“There is also an educational value to the project as it also involves input from a range of curriculum-based subjects such as PE, English, numeracy, science, geography, history, RE and modern foreign languages.”

The Ready, Steady, Walk project has already been granted the Inspire Mark, the badge of the London 2012 Inspire programme which recognises exceptional and innovative projects inspired by the 2012 games.

Primary schools wishing to join in can contact Ms Smith on (01429) 284415.