LIPHOOK pupils will start every day on the front foot after a new exercise path was installed in their school grounds.

The track has been dubbed ‘the Daily Mile’ and youngsters from Liphook Junior School and Liphook Infant School will be able to stretch their legs on it every day.

Children will be encouraged to run or walk a mile to improve their health and wellbeing.

Executive headteacher of the Federation of Liphook Infant School and Liphook Junior School, Michele Frost, said: “We are really keen for our children and adults to enjoy our superb outside space and appreciate the importance of exercise, both for their physical and mental well-being. We’re encouraging healthy living – less sitting inside and watching television or playing computer games.

“We need to ensure our children, their parents, our staff and the community think about their lifestyle and running or walking a mile a day we know can improve the quality of lives.”

The 240 metre, artificial turf track was paid for in part by a £1,000 grant from East Hampshire District Council’s (EHDC) Liphook councillor Cllr Bill Mouland.

He said: “Liphook has some great schools and the three EHDC councillors are always happy to help out with projects which otherwise might not get funded. The Daily Mile is a fantastic facility which will help children keep fit and healthy.”

East Hampshire MP and Education Secretary Damian Hinds opened the track.

He said: “Initiatives such as the Daily Mile can help pupils to achieve the 60 active minutes each day recommended by the UK chief medical officers, helping to engage all children in more regular physical activity. It’s a great idea and I’m delighted to see pupils taking to it with such enthusiasm.”