School children take part in Walk 2 Win challenge
Published on Friday 6th July 2012
Over 800 local children from fourteen primary schools took part in a walking challenge yesterday, as part of the Chase Community Games initiative.
Children completed a two mile walk along the Heritage Trail, starting from Birches Valley and arriving at Marquis Drive.
Along the trail, children undertook a number of tasks and met some new characters as part of the 'Cannock Chase Kids' Club'. This new club encourages children to visit Cannock Chase with their families and explore the area. More information can be found on the Good Life website - http://www.cannockchasedc.gov.uk/chasegames
On arrival at Marquis Drive, children enjoyed their Olymp-icnic and had a well deserved rest in preparation for an afternoon of more fun.
Children were congratulated by the Chairman of Cannock Chase Council and then split into schools - rotating round various activities including arts and crafts, dance, play and much more.
The aim of the day was to promote how much fun Cannock Chase can be and to show children how it can improve their quality life - which in turn will contribute towards a healthier lifestyle.
Councillor Christine Mitchell, Leader of Culture and Sport, said:
"It was great to see so many young children taking part in the Walk 2 Win event. It really helped to raise the profile of the Heritage Trail to hundreds of children. They have all now experienced a great day out and will visit Cannock Chase again - but next time as fully fledged 'Chase Explorers'!"
The event was led by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust's Community Wellbeing Arts team with the support of the Council's Communications team.
Chase Community Partnership and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) 'Sustainable Development Fund' contributed funding towards this event.
Partner organisations such as the Forestry Commission, Staffordshire County Council, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team supported the event. Veolia and the AONB provided a wealth of volunteers, whose help secured the events success.
Walk 2 Win forms part of the Chase Community Games initiative which has been inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic Games. To find out what other events are taking place across the district visit http://www.cannockchasedc.gov.uk/chasegames.
Photos of the Walk 2 Win event are now available to view on the Council's Facebook page - search for Cannock Chase Life.