Young children from across Altrincham are being encouraged to stay fit and active thanks to a scheme supported by the town’s Tesco stores.
Working in partnership with Tesco, the Trafford School Sports Partnership wants to encourage as many young people as possible to Move More and Sit Less.
As part of the STEPs Challenge, primary school pupils across the area are being given pedometers to record their steps over a one-week period as part of a drive to help them achieve 60 minutes of physical activity a day.
Two winning children (one from Key Stage 1 and one from Key Stage 2) with the most steps will win an activity tracker and a bag of sports equipment for their school.
Colleagues from the Altrincham and Baguley Tesco Extra stores went down to Broadheath Primary School on Sinderland Road, where they officially launched the STEPs challenge with pupils at the school.
The Tesco involvement in the scheme is part of the store’s commitment to encourage healthy living and community involvement.
Chris Dyson, School Games Manager for South Trafford said: “The Trafford School Sports Partnership is delighted to be able to link with Tesco Altrincham to deliver the Trafford STEPs Challenge in local primary schools. The concept behind the project is for schools to work towards the UK Chief Medical Officers recommendation that young people should be Active for at least 60 minutes per day – 30 minutes of which should be in the school day. By setting schools the challenge of encouraging their pupils to be as active as possible we hope that following the project young people across Trafford get into the habit of taking regular physical activity.”
James Piercy, manager of the Tesco Extra in Altrincham, said: “We are delighted to be supporting this scheme and hope that as many children as possible take part and get fit and active as a result.”
Nicky Perry, manager of the Tesco Extra in Baguley, said: “Whilst we are dedicated and focused on serving our customers and enhancing their shopping experience in our stores across Altrincham and Baguley, we are also keen to engage with and help to support our local community.”
Mr Bird, PE Coordinator at Broadheath Primary School, said: “At Broadheath Primary School we are extremely keen to motivate and inspire all children to be physically active as often as possible and to find enjoyment in physical activity. The Trafford School Sports Partnership STEPS Challenge has been an incredibly useful tool to help our children measure just how active they are. We want children to fully acknowledge the importance of being active for at least 60 minutes every day and develop a culture where all children want to lead healthy, active lifestyles when they leave school. We aim to ensure that there is plenty of opportunity for children to be active throughout the school day.”