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Walking to matches sends junior footballer up Wembley Way - 11.08.09

A Cheam youngster and his family enjoyed free tickets to the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday after winning a green travel competition from Smarter Travel Sutton.

Brandon Delves, 10, from Wordsworth Drive, won a trip to the annual Premier League curtain raiser after walking to every one of his Little League matches in Cheam Park.

Under the Tackling Transport scheme, youngsters collected stickers every time they walked or cycled to games, earning gifts and a place in a prize draw for the Community Shield tickets.

The scheme was launched to cut congestion on the borough's roads, particularly around the four Little League venues in Wallington, West Sutton, Sutton and Carshalton where over 1,600 six to 14-year-olds play every Saturday and Sunday morning.

Smarter Travel Sutton is a three-year partnership between Sutton Council and Transport for London that aims to cut car use and encourage greener forms of travel.

Brandon travelled to Wembley with his mum, dad and sister Sophie. He said:

"I had a brilliant day at Wembley and was so pleased to be given the chance of being there. It was a really good game and both teams played well.
"I enjoy walking to football every week, it keeps me fit, helps congestion, more people should do it and it helps the environment too."  

Cllr Sean Brennan, Leader of Sutton Council, said:

"This excellent initiative delivered a hat-trick of benefits – cutting congestion on our roads, improving safety around our pitches and promoting active lifestyles.

"Congratulations to Brandon and his family and I'm delighted that they had a fantastic day out at Wembley as a reward for their commitment to greener travel."

Find out more at Smarter Travel Sutton

Last updated: Thursday, 13 January 2011

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