Children from a school in Rickmansworth had a special visitor recently to open their new, all-weather Daily Mile Track.
St John’s Catholic School, on Berry Lane, welcomed Watford FC defender Christian Kabasele on Thursday, December 14 to officially open their new track and lead the children in a lap of honour.
The Daily Mile is an initiative which began in Scotland and has quickly spread south, encouraging children to walk or run for 15 minutes every day to improve their physical and mental wellbeing.
The new track was funded by the parents and the Sports Premium grant and will enable the children to complete their Daily Mile throughout the year.
Head of School Tony Hall said: “We were thrilled that Christian Kabasele was able to come to St John’s to mark the opening of our new track.
“Pupil well-being, both physical and mental, is high on our agenda and through participation in the Daily Mile, we have seen an improvement in the physical fitness of our children and their ability to concentrate for sustained periods in the classroom.
“St John’s is a high achieving school, in the top four per cent of schools nationally for overall outcomes at the end of Key Stage 2, and we hope that this new track will help the current pupils and future pupils of the school to excel both academically and physically.”