Rachel Maclean, the MP for Redditch County, donned her running shoes to join pupils at Holyoakes Field First School to launch their Daily Mile and officially open the school’s brand-new running track.

Last Friday (April 27th), Rachel cut the ribbon to officially declare the Bridge Street school’s running track officially open.

This brand-new running track, which the school could purchase thanks to double the amount of sports funding through the Conservative Government’s Sugar Tax, will now enable pupils to do PE outside in all weathers. Parents can use the track with their children at the start and end of the school day as well.

During her visit, Rachel was also on hand to launch the school’s Daily Mile – a national initiative set-up to help pupils get fit by running or jogging for 15 minutes a day. Pupils at Holyoakes will now be able to use the new running track to complete their Daily Mile.

Rachel said: “It was a real honour to be asked to officially open Holyoakes’ brand-new running track. During my visit it was clear that pupils absolutely love this new facility.

“The Daily Mile is already having a positive impact on pupils at the Holyoakes and I will be encouraging more schools in Redditch to start their own Daily Mile.

“It’s also clear that the Government’s Sugar Tax is working as millions of pounds is being channelled into schools, including here in Redditch, to help improve pupils’ health and fitness.”