"I enjoy running The Daily Mile. You have fun and chat with your friends and improve your stamina. The whole school is getting fitter because we do the Mile every day." Woodfield Primary School Pupil, Wigan
Woodfield Primary School has been carrying out The Daily Mile now for over a year and the school has noticed a huge increase in children’s health and well-being. At a local authority cross-country tournament, Woodfield pupils placed well, with the school coming third for the West of Wigan and the girls’ team coming second. Staff noticed a difference in the children’s enjoyment of the event and how quickly they recovered after the race.
The Daily Mile initiative was launched in June 2016 with the support of Wigan council and local athletes. Wigan Warriors and Wigan Athletic have subsequently been involved with the project, to inspire yet more schools to take it up.
The Daily Mile gives children a chance to relax and refresh, it is an enjoyable part of the day. It also gives children and staff opportunities to be together in the fresh air and enjoy talking outside the classroom. The staff have a list of topics for the children to discuss and think about during their daily 15 minutes, for example, “What do you know about Roald Dahl? Tell your friend.”
The Daily Mile has had a wider impact on the school community with the introduction of a ‘Wednesday Morning Mile’ where all parents, carers and grandparents can join in a Daily Mile.
Hazel Whittle from Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles (IHL) provides support for schools in Wigan looking to take up the initiative. Woodfield Primary has said that Hazel has been inspirational and really helped get The Daily Mile underway. IHL has set up school gate walks for families after school on Wednesdays led by their Outdoor Walks Leader. This initiative again supports The Daily Mile and promotes physical activity for the whole family and wider school community. Parents and grandparents can then be identified and trained as volunteer walk leaders to sustain the programme in the long run.
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IHL, a social enterprise and charitable trust, helps inspire the Wigan community to lead happier, healthier lives. IHL encourages schools to sign up to The Daily Mile and there are now over 9000 children from 50 schools and 10 nurseries signed up to The Daily Mile in the Wigan Borough. IHL recently produced a video featuring Woodfold Fledglings nursery in Wigan doing The Daily Mile and talking about the impact it has had - https://twitter.com/IhlWigan/status/880076578293784576
IHL has worked alongside Elaine Wyllie, founder of The Daily Mile, to deliver workshops in Greater Manchester with Woodfield teacher, Tom Lyons. They have delivered presentations to head teachers on the impact of rolling out The Daily Mile on the pupils, teachers and wider community.
Find out more about The Daily Mile initiative and join the movement today, visit: www.thedailymile.co.uk