14 Jul Helen Richardson-Walsh Supports the Launch of The Golden Mile Initiative with Energise Me

Going for Gold with Helen Richardson-Walsh

School children from across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight got the fantastic opportunity to meet and hear from Rio 2016 Gold medallist, Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE at the Energise Me Golden Mile Festival, held in partnership with Winchester City Council on Tuesday 11 July.

Primary schools were invited to attend the event, which was a celebration and launch of The Golden Mile in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The project aims to increase the amount of time each day pupils are active during the school day. By participating in the Golden Mile schools will not only provide their pupils with greater access to physical activity but they will also see the wider gains of regular activity with improved health benefits, improved classroom behaviour and concentration levels, team work and leadership.

The event gave schools the chance to hear from those already participating in The Golden Mile, with ideas on how to introduce it in to their school day. Helen too talked about her experience in Rio, what it took to get Gold and of her love for sport and physical activity when she was their age. Helen was joined on the stage by Dr Tim Cotton, from NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning group who promoted the benefits of being physically active.

Helen was a true inspiration to the school children involved, encouraging them to walk, skip and run around The Golden Mile track. Helen even got involved in the laps herself, taking Gold medal selfies with the kids along the way.

On the event, Helen Richardson-Walsh MBE said: “What a great day and a fantastic initiative to promote health and activity in our youngsters. If you haven’t already, get your school to sign up to The Golden Mile in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.”

Energise Me are working in partnership with Premier Education, Local GP Practices, Local NHS Clinical Groups, Hampshire School Nurses, School Games Organisers and Local Authorities to role the programme out across the county and encourage primary schools to take up this free offer to help get their students more active during the school day.