Meath Local Sports Partnership would like to invite your school to take part in The Daily Mile Challenge, a free and simple initiative to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of the children in your school.
The Daily Mile is an Athletics Ireland initiative which was started by Elaine Wyllie, Head teacher of a Large Scottish Primary School in 2012. Elaine started this initiative when she noticed that many children in her class room were very unfit. She started by asking the children to run around the school pitch. By halfway most were exhausted however once they did it daily the children’s fitness levels improved and they increased it to the daily mile. Since then it has been introduced into over 1000 schools in the UK.
It is very simple to start in a school. Without wasting time to change into kit, every child in a school goes out each day in the fresh air to run, jog or walk for 15 minutes. It is not competitive and most children average a mile, with some doing more and some doing less. It is not PE, sport or cross-country but a physical activity which is aimed at improving the children’s physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing.
Daily Mile Recommended Tips to Help You Get Started.
- Keep it simple – resist the temptation to over-complicate it! The Daily Mile should be fun and sustainable, in order to improve the children’s health and wellbeing.
- Carry out a risk assessment – to ensure that The Daily Mile is a safe activity for all children. When marking out your mile (1600m) create numerous smaller laps to keep the course fun and engaging. This allows the children to enjoy running as far as they can in the 15 minutes.
- Children should know that it’s not a competition- many mix running and walking, particularly at the start.
- It’s fully inclusive – make sure all the children are out in the fresh air with their friends
- Do it daily – otherwise children find it hard, and won’t enjoy all the benefits.
- Treat the weather as a benefit not barrier- jackets on in the rain, ditch the sweatshirt if it’s warm.
- No need to warm up and warm down or change clothes.(possible exception for footwear- runners more conducive for this activity then change back to shoes for class)
- Do you’re Daily Mile when it suits you – fit it in around your teaching day.
Meath currently has the highest number of participating schools with over 62% of schools taking part in the county!
If you are interested in starting the Daily Mile in your school or one of the classes in your school initially, please email Lisa at email@example.com
Pictured above are schools who took part in the Mile @ Midday Challenge for Active School Week 2019!