launch of the second phase of the 'Safe and Sound' challenge to all
schools in England. Cash prizes of up to£6,000 will be awarded to
schemes which meet the Challenge to develop safe and healthy forms of
The first part of the Challenge was launched by the minister in
January this year, with the aim of increasing the number of children
who walk or cycle to school safely. Part II extends the challenge to
schools that were unable to take part in the first stage, to develop
innovative schemes to promote healthy and safe travel to school.
'Safe and Sound' is part of the Healthy Schools Programme set out in
the public health strategy 'Our Healthier Nation'and has the backing
of three government departments - the department of health,
department for education and employment and the department of the
environment, transport and the regions.
Launching Part II of the Challenge the minister said:
'When I launched the scheme in January, I set a challenge to all
schools in England to take advantage of the significant health
benefits of walking and cycling to school. I also wanted schools to
ensure that children's personal safety was not jeopardised in any
'I am delighted to say that schools responded very positively to the
challenge and I awarded cash prizes to the winners of the first stage
of the Challenge in March this year.
'The second stage of 'Safe and Sound' reflects the considerable
interest in this initiative and I am very pleased that over 250
schools have already shown interest in taking part in this second
stage. It is heartening proof that parents, pupils and teachers and
local communities consider safe and active travel to school a key
The 'Safe and Sound' Challenge is part of the Healthy Schools
Programme, which is jointly funded by the DoH and
the DfEE. The Challenge also has the support of the DETR.
The Challenge is part of the government's initiative to promote
healthier and safer forms of travel to school, such as walking and
cycling, and to support alternative modes of transport to the car.
The Challenge scheme, which is in two parts, was originally launched
in January this year. The first stage was completed in March with the
award of cash prizes of up to£6,000 each to the winning schools.
Part II, which is launched today, gives those schools that were
unable to develop proposals in time for the first stage, another
opportunity of taking part. As in Part I, cash prizes of up to£6,000
per school will be available.
Successful entries might include:
- pedestrian training
- cyclist training
- 'walking bus' schemes
- installation of secure cycle parking
- education programmes aimed at parents, teachers and pupils
- training of volunteers to provide safety advice
There is more information on the Challenge on a special Challenge
website - www.safetrav.co.uk. For registration packs, schools should
contact the Challenge Hotline on 0870 9010906. The closing date is
20 December 1999 with judging in January 2000.