Walking campaign scores with top footballer
football star Clinton Morrison has voiced his support for
a campaign to encourage children to walk to and from school
Republic of Ireland striker, who is a former pupil at St Joseph's
primary school in Oakhill Road, Putney, said he was keen to
see young people get out of their parents' cars and do more
walking to and from classes.
said: "Walking to school is a great step towards keeping
fit. Fitness is important for me as a professional footballer
- and it is important for everyone. I
used to enjoy walking to my primary school, St Joseph's. Walk
to School Week is a great way to encourage children to get
more activity in their daily lives."
at Putney's local primary schools are giving up seats in their
parents' cars this week and walking to school instead as part
of the Walk to School initiative.
aim of the campaign is to cut traffic congestion and pollution
and encourage parents and pupils to abandon the traditional
much as 20 per cent of car journeys at morning and afternoon
peak times is taken up by parents ferrying their children
to and from school. Walking provides a healthy and enjoyable
alternative, which gives children and parents the chance to
talk with friends. It also helps young people develop better
road safety skills.
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