Local Melksham school goes the extra mile for the Big Pledge

Local Melksham school goes the extra mile for the Big Pledge

Local Melksham school goes the extra mile for the Big Pledge More than 250 pupils at a local school have been so determined to do well in this year’s Olympic-themed Big Pledge – Road to Rio, they have been going the extra mile – literally. This year the Wiltshire Council-run challenge has taken people on a virtual journey to Rio. The Big Pledge – Road to Rio finishes this week (29 July) and challenged participants to complete up to 20 stages and take a virtual journey around the world, including stops at previous Olympic host cities. The journey started in ‘London’ and finishes at this year’s Olympic host city, ‘Rio de Janeiro.’ 254 enthusiastic Manor School pupils in Melksham have been walking a kilometre a day at the start of their school day three days a week as part of the challenge, which encourages people to get active in their communities. The pupils have not only embraced the challenge but want to continue doing it long after the Big Pledge challenge completes. Since Easter, the children at The Manor have been learning about the Olympics. They have studied the history of the competition, the underpinning values and principles, and about the different range of competitive sports. They have also used this theme to consider how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. As well as walking, the children also logged any additional activities they took part in during school time and outside of school. Each class has been tracking its progress on a central chart at the school. So far, more than 18,000 people across the county have taken part in this year’s campaign, either in groups or individually, with more than 15,000 of those being local school pupils. Jonathon Seed, Conservative cabinet member for leisure said: “Thousands of young people across the county have embraced this year’s Big Pledge challenge and we’ve been struck by their enthusiasm and efforts. The Manor School pupils are a shining example of the importance of keeping active and the benefits it brings. “We hope Big Pledge has set people on the road to a healthier more active life – that will be a fantastic legacy.” Jerry Wickham, Conservative cabinet member for public health said: “Getting children active from a very young age is a key priority for us and initiatives like the Big Pledge help make it really fun and achievable. “We’re delighted that thousands of people have taken part in this year’s campaign and it’s been great to hear how well individuals and teams of all ages have done.”

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