Monday 13th June- Friday 24th June

Ten schools across South Yorkshire will walk to school with performers from Green Top Circus as part of the 10 day active travel challenge.

School children, including those at St Wilfrids, Stocksbridge Infant and Junior, Southey Green and Shooters Grove will see performers spinning plates, balancing and juggling.

The 10 day active travel challenge encourages schools to get pupils and their families to travel to school in an active way. The initiative aims to reduce congestion and traffic levels outside the school gates, improve pupils’ health and fitness, as well as increase levels of walking, scooting and cycling on the school run.

The schools won a visit from the circus performers after entering a photo competition to show how they are promoting active travel.  Winning photo entries included pictures of pupils taking part in bike maintenance workshops; scooting in superhero fancy dress and walking to school as pirates.

Kerry Pearson, teacher at St Wilfrids primary school said: “The active travel challenge is a great way of encouraging more of our pupils to walk to school. We are aiming to make it a fun event and really hope it will encourage our pupils to walk to school more often in the future.”

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council, said:  “Congratulations to the 10 schools in winning the competition and for encouraging their pupils and families to walk to school.

“Many thanks too to Green Top Circus for visiting the schools and walking with the children.  Walking is great exercise, good for health, reduces traffic congestion and improves the environment.

Let’s hope this scheme will encourage more children and families to walk to school now and in the future”.