LOCAL Assembly Member Nick Ramsay is encouraging local schools to take advantage of a new scheme aimed at helping children get more physical activity.
The Active Journeys programme is run by Sustrans Cymru with support from the Welsh Government and is designed to support schools across Wales to increase the number of pupils using active physical modes of transport for the school run – a key area for delivering the aims of the Assembly’s Active Travel Act.
Speaking today, Nick said:
“I was concerned to learn that only 35% of Welsh children are getting the recommended one hour per day of physical exercise. This is storing up health problems for the future, which we need to tackle now.
“The new programme shows children the benefits of building activity into their daily routine, such as spending more time doing activities they enjoy on their way to school, like walking, cycling or scooting.
“I hope local schools in Monmouthshire will be finding out more about the project and be inspired to take part. A major feature of the programme is the School Mark scheme, which will be launched in April and will be available to all schools in Wales. This will allow schools to track their progress through three different levels – bronze, silver and gold.
“I look forward to being invited to visit schools in my area to witness and encourage their progress.”
Throughout the year Sustrans will co-ordinate competitions and challenges, such as the annual Big Pedal, the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooting challenge. Practical ideas and response to queries about the practicalities of enabling children to travel by bike, scooter or on foot to school can be found on the Sustrans website.