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Mabbsy walks a mile to encourage kids in Brent to be more active

Posted on 22 September 2016  - 12:12

Gary Mabbutt walked the equivalent of a mile around Wembley Stadium earlier today to promote a local healthy living campaign run by Brent Council.

Gary sets off on his mile around Wembley with head teachers from local primary schools across the Borough of BrentGary with Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, Brent Council and Elaine Wyllie, founder of the Daily Mile

With the Club’s Champions League home matches being played at the national stadium this season, the Club is supporting the local council’s ‘My Heart Beats for Brent’ campaign, encouraging the borough’s residents to take up regular physical activity.

The initiative will see Brent Council and Sport England work with local primary schools to encourage pupils to spend 15 minutes per day getting their hearts pumping by walking a mile in a bid to tackle some of the obesity issues in the Borough.

Gary said: “Given we are playing home matches in the Borough of Brent this season, it is important for us as a Club to engage with the local community here as we do in Tottenham.

“Using the powerful Tottenham Hotspur brand, we aim to work closely with Brent Council to deliver life-changing opportunities to the people of Brent through our award-winning Foundation as we have done successfully over the past 10 years at home in Haringey."

"Examples include supporting the Council’s ‘My Heart Beats for Brent’ campaign, and as well as encouraging children to take part in ‘The Daily Mile’, we shall be delivering free health checks at various community venues using a qualified ‘Spurs Nurse’.”

Gary at Wembley with Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, Brent Council Elaine Wyllie, founder of the Daily Mile and head teachers from local primary schools across the Borough of Brent


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Elaine Wyllie, founder of the Daily Mile, who presented at the session in Wembley, said: “It’s a common sense approach to children’s fitness, which is free and easy. The most important thing is that the children really enjoy it, otherwise you couldn’t sustain it. They come back in bright-eyed and rosy-cheeked, how children used to look. It’s joyous to see.”

Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said: “The Daily Mile is fantastic. It is a simple but effective concept, which any primary school or nursery can implement.

“Children in Brent have worse than average levels of childhood obesity. Around 10.5 per cent of children aged four to five years and 24.1 per cent of children aged 10 to 11 years are obese which is disappointing but the progress being made is promising.

"We want to make it easier for people to adapt their behaviour and make small changes to their diet and lifestyle by providing the support they need to do so.

“Brent’s Daily Mile is being run as part of ‘My Heart Beats for Brent’ campaign which aims to get all Brent residents more active.”