Innovative project motivates primary pupils to be more physically active

Local schools were invited to participate in a competition to motivate primary pupils to increase their physical activity in an easy sustainable and fun way. The competition was part of Enfield Council’s ‘Move More’ campaign which aims to encourage residents of all ages to remain active.
 
Chesterfield School in Chesterfield Road, Enfield, won first place for their innovative project which saw a red line painted in their playground and the children encouraged to run around it. The heart line was one tenth of a mile in length and each child ran 10 laps of this, which meant they had completed a mile a day, every day.
 
The school also organised special work outs during classes to keep pupils even more active. Their prize is a visit to the ‘Jump In’ trampoline park in Enfield.
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, said “This was a fantastic competition which challenged primary schools to find new, interesting and innovative ways of encouraging pupils to be more active.
 
“We want to build strong communities and improve the health of all of our young people.”
 
Hazelwood School in Palmers Green came second with their commitment to playing games at break time and making use of a specialist PE teacher to increase the variety of sports and activities on offer. Their prize is gym passes for the families of the children involved.
 
Worcesters School in Enfield came third for setting PE homework, which asked pupils to complete a form showing how active they had been in their holidays. Their prize is a session at Whitewebbs Golf club for the pupils who won.