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SAFE AND SOUND CHALLENGE TO ENGLISH SCHOOLS - PART 2

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Tessa Jowell, the minister for public health, today announced the ...
Tessa Jowell, the minister for public health, today announced the

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

travel to school.

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

way.

'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

priority.'

Notes

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.

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