World Cup Walk to School

Published Thursday, 28th June 2018
Family walking to school
Family walking to school

School pupils in Rotherham have been treated to a World Cup themed walk-to-school event to encourage more pupils and parents to ditch the car and travel to school on foot.

Pupils from Sitwell Junior and Infant schools were accompanied to school by the theatre company Histrionics, who delivered an interactive entertaining performance after an unforgettable journey to school. 
Sitwell Junior School are one of just a handful of schools in Rotherham to earn a national Bronze Modeshift STARS award, recognising their efforts to promote walking, scooting and cycling. 

Headteacher Jennifer Dawson said “By encouraging more pupils to be active on their journey to school we hope to improve the traffic outside the school gates and make it safer for everyone.”
The event was part of the STARS South Yorkshire project which promotes active and sustainable travel to school. The project centres on the delivery of fun, engaging and educational activities and initiatives that are designed to bring about a change in travel behaviour at schools and promote healthy and active lifestyles to young people and their families.  
Sitwell Infants School Headteacher, Kirstey Peart said: “Lots of our families have enjoyed walking to school today and have dressed up in flags and football shirts. Our pupils are ready to learn when they’ve had some fresh air in the morning.”
Active Travel Officer for Rotherham, Dom Qaiser Sweeting, said: “A themed walk to school event like this can really raise the profile of walking to school and encourages more parents to spend time with their children in ways that would not be possible in the car. It is one of many different initiatives, activities, training and events that we offer to schools across South Yorkshire.” 
Modeshift STARS is the national schools awards scheme that has been established to recognise schools that have demonstrated excellence in supporting cycling, walking and other forms of sustainable travel.

The scheme encourages schools across the country to join in a major effort to increase levels of sustainable and active travel in order to improve the health and well-being of children and young people.
The STARS South Yorkshire project is delivered by PWLC and is funded by the Department for Transport access fund. This project has funding allocated to agreed priorities, which are jointly decided by the South Yorkshire Local Authorities: Rotherham MBC, Barnsley MBC, Doncaster MBC and Sheffield City Council.