Going for gold: wheelchair racing star celebrates Healthy Schools achievement

Eden with John Scurr Primary School pupils

Eden Rainbow-Cooper with John Scurr Primary School pupils

Paralympic athlete Eden Rainbow-Cooper has joined pupils in their celebrations for achieving their gold Healthy Schools London Award.

John Scurr Primary School in Tower Hamlets has been officially recognised this term as supporting the health and wellbeing of their pupils to the highest attainable level.

This includes regular participation in the Daily Mile, which encourages children and young people to run, walk or skip for around 10-15 minutes each day, as well as enjoying their usual morning and lunchtime breaks.

During her visit, Eden joined the children in the Daily Mile and presented in assembly, with a focus on female participation in sport and physical activity.

She is also encouraging schools to take part in the TCS Mini London Marathon as part of a new Guinness World Records title attempt. 

Eden Rainbow-Cooper said:

“I was honoured to be able to go to John Scurr Primary school and spend the day answering re children’s questions. The commitment that the staff have shown to the mental and physical health of the students is something I applaud and I am so impressed by how enthusiastic the children were about doing the Daily Mile.”

Cllr Maium Talukdar, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Education, Youth and Lifelong Learning said:

“Making sure all of our younger residents are given the opportunities and support to live healthier and happier lives sets them up for lifelong healthy habits. The Daily Mile is an important initiative in our schools because it encourages everyone to get involved, no matter their age, fitness level or ability, which not only makes it enjoyable for children, but helps address health inequalities in our borough.”

Tower Hamlets is the top performing borough for Healthy School Awards from the Mayor of London and one of the top performing boroughs for the Daily Mile.

Teachers in Tower Hamlets have recorded an improvement in pupils’ physical and mental health as well as improved concentration in the classroom.

For more information about the council’s healthy lives work in schools, visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/healthylives   

Posted on Monday 27th March 2023