Bordon Infant School pupils are going to spend more of their time being active after signing up to a county-wide scheme that encourages youngsters to spend more time walking, jogging and running.

Set up this Spring, the Golden Mile aims to increase the amount of time each day pupils from Hampshire and Isle of Wight are active.

The scheme encourages pupils to walk, skip, hop, jog or run around a measured distance – the Golden Mile track – within the safety of the school grounds.

The initiative is coordinated by Energise Me (County Sports Partnership for Hampshire and IOW), with support from East Hampshire District Council’s Healthy New Town Programme, to ensure the children of Whitehill & Bordon are active.

The Golden Mile is a safe, simple and measurable physical activity initiative accessible to all pupils regardless of age or ability.

Any infant, junior, primary or special school can sign up for the Golden Mile. By participating in the project, schools will not only provide their pupils with greater access to physical activity but they will also see the wider gains of regular activity with improved health benefits, improved classroom behaviour and concentration levels.

The Golden Mile is free to all schools that sign up with Energise Me. Schools are required to send a named coordinator to a training session to get started.  It is simple to implement into the school day and the Golden Mile Monitors (pupils) run the initiative within the school.

Cllr Ferris Cowper, Portfolio Holder for Whitehill & Bordon, said: “The Golden Mile is another great scheme that is being introduced in Whitehill & Bordon to make sure children are keeping active.

“We would ideally like to see all schools in Whitehill & Bordon sign up to the project as they are all part of a Healthy New Town so it is important they get involved in these schemes and ensure their pupils are doing a minimum of 60 minutes of exercise per day.

“EHDC is delighted to support schemes like this one. We are extremely pleased to see that Bordon Infant School has signed up and look forward to seeing it being implemented very soon.”

For more information on the Golden Mile and to sign up, please email: alannah.stephenson@energiseme.org (link sends e-mail) or visit: http://www.energiseme.org/schools-colleges/the-golden-mile/

The Golden Mile in a Healthy New Town