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Aldi and Team GB star celebrate Rotherham pupils’ strides to get more active

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Pupils in Rotherham were joined by Team GB hockey player and Olympic medalist, Sarah Jones recently to officially launch a new Park and Stride facility and celebrate the strides they are taking to get more active.

Aston Fence Junior and Infant School takes part in WOW – the walk to school challenge from Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.

The Park and Stride has been set up with the local Aldi supermarket to enable families who can’t walk the whole way to school to park in the store’s car park and walk the rest of the journey.


Sarah Jones met pupils from Aston Fence Junior and Infant School at the Swallownest Aldi car park and joined them on the walk to school, where she heard first-hand about the benefits they have experienced from getting more active on the school run. Sarah then joined Living Streets’ mascot, Strider to lead an assembly. 

Jim Shaw, Project Coordinator (Rotherham), Living Streets said: “We know that not all families can walk the whole way to school, especially those at more rural or remote schools, so Park and Stride is a great alternative.

“By parking a short distance away, children can still get active for the last part of their journey, whilst reducing the chaos, congestion and air pollution around the school gates.

“It’s fantastic to see this Park and Stride in action, I’m sure it’s going to have a huge impact on the health and happiness of these pupils.”

Sarah Jones, Team GB said: “I thoroughly enjoyed meeting pupils and hearing about the fantastic work the school is doing with Living Streets to encourage their pupils to get more active, helping them stay healthy and happy whilst making school gates safer and doing their bit to reduce air pollution.”

Adam Ward, Regional Managing Director at Aldi UK said: “The Park and Stride initiative is an excellent way for families of Aston Fence Junior and Infant School to be more active and we are thrilled to be able to play a part.

“It was great that Sarah was able to join us for the launch as we have a long-standing partnership with Team GB to inspire young people across the countryto eat well and move more. She did a fantastic job of engaging the children and it was a really exciting day for everyone involved!”

Images: Aldi

Tom Austen
Tom grew up in Aston, Rotherham and studied Human Geography at Nottingham Trent University before developing a passion for promoting Rotherham and a nose for a good story.

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