Walking campaign scores with top footballer

Premiership football star Clinton Morrison has voiced his support for a campaign to encourage children to walk to and from school

The 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.

He 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."

Children 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.

The aim of the campaign is to cut traffic congestion and pollution and encourage parents and pupils to abandon the traditional 'school run'.

As 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.

22nd May 2003

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