Bassett Green Primary lead the way on getting kids active in Southampton
Bassett Green Primary School is the first Southampton primary school to adopt the Golden Mile - a new initiative which aims to inspire and encourage children in the city to get active every day.
The Golden Mile is a safe, simple and free initiative accessible to all age groups regardless of ability. Pupils simply walk, skip or jog around a Golden Mile track within the safety of the school grounds and then use the downloadable resources to upload and track their achievements.
You can watch a short video on how Bassett Green Primary used the Golden Mile on YouTube.
Childhood obesity figures released this Autumn revealed that one in five year R pupils in Southampton are overweight or obese. In year six this rises to one in three pupils. This is similar to the average across England. Being a healthy weight is key to a child’s wellbeing. Taking action on this is essential as children that are a healthy weight are more likely to do well at school and experience good mental, emotional and social wellbeing.
The Golden Mile provides primary schools with a simple, structured and cost-free way to get all kids to be active every day which can help to improve concentration and readiness to learn. The initiative is co-ordinated by Energise Me, a Winchester-based charity which exists to beat inactivity across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Energise Me can provide free guidance and training for primary schools in Southampton wishing to adopt the Golden Mile. Explore the Energise Me website or contact Alannah on 01962 676382 or by email at Alannah.email@example.com to find out more.
To learn more about work to tackle childhood obesity in Southampton and how you can get involved visit our Healthy Weight pages.
Cllr Dave Shields, Cabinet Member for Health & Community Safety at Southampton City Council, said:
“Bassett Green is doing some great work to inspire kids and parents to be active every day. I’m encouraging all other primary schools to get involved and consider adopting the Golden Mile or the Daily Mile into their every day activity.
“Tackling childhood obesity is a local priority, not just for the council but for our partners in the NHS, schools, businesses and society as a whole. We need all sections of the community to contribute towards establishing healthy attitudes towards physical activity and food as early as possible.”
Cllr Darren Paffey, Cabinet Member for Education & Skills at Southampton City Council, said:
“There is emerging evidence that links initiatives that get kids more active with improved classroom behaviour, concentration levels, team work and leadership. It’s great to see Bassett Green setting a shining example for all schools across the city in this regard.”
Dom Ducellier, a Teacher at Bassett Green Primary School, said:
“We’ve had a really positive experience with the Golden Mile so far. It’s free, simple to set up and is good for the health and wellbeing of our pupils. It gives them more energy throughout the day to stay focussed on their work and achieve their very best.”
Alannah Stephenson, Project Officer (PE and School Sport) who leads on the initiative for Energise Me, said:
“The Golden Mile is a great fun way to get children active during the school day. Children need to be doing 60 minutes of physical activity a day - 30 minutes of this within school time - and the Golden Mile is a simple and inclusive way of helping schools to achieve this. We have had great feedback from schools across Hampshire and IOW with many reporting increased fitness and concentration, improved behaviour and increased motivation to take part in physical activity.”
Pictured below, Bassett Green Primary School's Golden Mile Monitors.