Events and Challenges for primary schools

Your school can take part in various active travel challenges throughout the year run by My Journey and our charity partners Living StreetsSustrans and Energise Me. Visit our school's calender to ensure you know what's planned in for the year ahead.

Clean Air Day Scooter Challenge - Southampton Schools

Monday 12th to Friday 16th June 2023

Entering the challenge gives your school a chance to win a range of prizes. 

Look at our challenge webpage for information and files to download to provide a fun way to encourage active travel on the school run.

Click here for more information.


World Book Day: 

Here are some ideas for you to help make World Book Day linked to active travel and air quality:


The Big Walk and Wheel (renamed from the Big Pedal), 21 March- 1 April 2022

Sustrans’ annual Big Walk and Wheel (was The Big Pedal) is the UK’s largest inter-school walking, cycling and scooting challenge.

Each spring, schools compete to see who can get the most pupils, families and staff members to arrive on two wheels. The more that do, the greater the chance to win some fantastic prizes from bike and scooter storage to cycle stunt shows by the UK’s best riders. The competition is weighted according to the size of the school, so everyone has a fair chance to win! 


Walk to School Week: 16-20 May 2022

Walk to School Week is the Living Streets initiative which invites children and parents from around the UK to unite for one week of walking to school. To find out more about Walk to School Week and resources for schools, visit the Living Streets website

The Hampshire Countryside Service have lots of walks to try in Hampshire and there are interesting routes nearer Southampton on the Go Jauntly website and app.


Clean Air Day 

Clean Air Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness about air pollution and make the air that we breathe cleaner and healthier. This year we are running Clean Air Day primary and secondary school competitions on the theme of people-friendly streets.Click here for Clean Air Day resources and information about our competitions.


Walktober: the month of October

The My Journey team encourage schools to take part in International Walking Month each October. 2018 was all about “Walking whatever the weather”, with 2019 and 2020 focusing on the benefits of walking for wellbeing.

Please contact the Travel Planning Team at SCC for details on this year's event.


Daily activities and challenges

Daily physical activity plays a key role in developing happier, healthier and stronger pupils and staff. There are many ways to build some extra physical activities into the school day.

The Daily Mile - a free and simple children’s health initiative that involves nursery and primary school children running or jogging for 15 minutes every day. Please visit for a range of free resources to help implement The Daily Mile.

Active Bursts - Active Bursts are physical activities that give pupils a brief break from learning to increase their focus in class. Energise Me have lots of ideas and free resources of ways to engage pupils in physical movement during, or in between lessons. There are activities to try in the classroom and outside. Please visit

The Golden Mile - The Golden Mile is a safe, simple and measurable way to improve health and physical activity. Every pupil can get involved by walking, wheeling, jogging or running around their track within the safety of the school grounds. Visit for more information.



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