Derby schools have stepped to success in a recent pedometer challenge organised by Neighbourhood Officers at Derby City Council.

The aim of the challenge was to see how many steps teachers and pupils could do over a two week period and also encouraged people to stay healthy and take part in more exercise.

At Carlyle Infant and Nursery School, three classes took part in the competition. A total of 361,240 steps were completed by pupils and other members of staff which amounts to 171 miles in total.

To celebrate this fantastic success and winning the overall competition, Carlyle Infant and Nursery School won 30 Derbyshire Cricket Club tickets for a T20 match.

Headteacher, Emma Smith, said:

The pedometers created a real buzz around school during the Health & Fitness week which really encouraged children to think about their fitness and try and beat their number of steps each day.”

Jonathan Till, Neighbourhood Officer, said:

The Neighbourhood Team throughout the City work hard on a number of projects and the links we make with schools is really important.

This project allowed us to get a message out about parking safely near schools and getting schools more involved with this pedometer challenge. Again this is another fine example of Partnership working at its best.”

Year one pupil Phoebe at Carlyle Infant School commented:

The Pedometer Challenge was fun because it helped me to keep fit and I liked wearing the pedometer.”

Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Councillor Amo Raju, commented:

This is a fantastic achievement for Carlyle Infant and Nursery School and a great overall concept to get schools involved in physical activity. We look forward to running similar competitions for our schools in the future.”