In 2012 Elaine Wyllie, Headteacher of a large Scottish primary school, realised that her pupils, like many others, were unfit. She introduced the concept of every class doing 15 minutes of a walk, jog or run daily and found the results hugely beneficial. "The Daily Mile" initiative was born and now has become so popular that hundreds of schools in the UK participate in the programme and is also in countries such as Belgium, Holland, the US and now Ireland.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership, HSE Health Promotion and the Blackrock Education Centre have invited schools to participate in this profoundly simple but effective concept, which any primary school can implement. Its impact can be transformational, improving not only the children’s’ fitness, but also their concentration levels, mood, behaviour and general wellbeing.
An impressive twenty three schools have since come on board and all recently met to learn more about the initiative, find out what might work best for their schools and also officially launch "The Daily Mile" in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.
"The Daily Mile" is successful because it is simple and free
- It takes place over just 15 minutes, with children averaging a mile each day.
- Children run outside in the fresh air – and the weather is a benefit, not a barrier.
- There’s no set up, tidy up, or equipment required.
- Children run in their uniforms so no kit or changing time is needed.
- It’s social, non-competitive and fun.
- It’s fully inclusive, every child succeeds, whatever their circumstances, age or ability.
Shane McArdle, Coordinator with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership stated at the launch
we are delighted that so many local schools are taking part in this brilliant initiative and to be a partner in promoting "The Daily Mile". It’s a great example of how something so simple can be so effective”.
Caroline Mahon, Schools Health Promotion Officer at Blackrock Education Centre stated
with schools ideally placed to promote physical activity, "The Daily Mile" provides a simple and effective way of embedding activity into the every day. It has lots of benefits such as improving concentration levels, peer & teacher relationships and building self-esteem. It also helps schools reach broader goals with such initiatives as the Active Schools Flag or Health Promoting School Initiative, leading to that whole-school approach”.
Expressions of interest by schools in “The Daily Mile” are still being accepted and can be lodged by contacting Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership at 01-2719502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.