Wednesday 5th June saw primary schools across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough do The Daily Mile in support of Global Running Day, an international celebration of running regardless of age or ability.
Twenty schools rose to the challenge set by Living Sport’s The Daily Mile Local Coordinator, Ali Cope, leading to 6,000 children taking part! We would like to thank all of the schools and children that took part for their enthusiasm on the day! We received some great photos for our Prize Draw to win a visit from a Sporting Champion!
Since January, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has seen a 43% rise in the number of new schools taking up The Daily Mile, with other schools re-launching their Daily Mile. The Daily Mile sees children jog or run at their own pace for 15 minutes daily. Its strength is the simplicity of the initiative, with children going straight from the classroom to the playground or field. We hope to further triple our take up to The Daily Mile to 85 registered schools by November.
Councillor Simon Bywater, Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “The benefits of regular and sustained physical activity for young people cannot be understated, and The Daily Mile is one of many exciting initiatives across the county helping to get children more active. The great thing about the Daily Mile is that it is an easily set up programme, additional to core Physical Education that all young people, irrespective of circumstances, age or ability can engage successfully in. We are delighted to be working with Living Sport to help embed The Daily Mile across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough”.
What the children had to say:
- Daniel aged 7, from Peakirk cum Glinton Primary School said, ‘The best thing about The Daily Mile is fresh air and running with my friends’.
- Olivia, Year 6, from Bassingbourn Primary School ‘I like having a good old run because normally I stay couped up in my room . . . it makes me feel exhausted but happy.’
- At Ramsey Infants School one Year 2 girl said, ‘I can run further every day!’
- When asked, ‘why do you do The Daily Mile’, a KS4 pupil at Samuel Pepys School said, ‘Exercise helps us to focus in class when we are feeling silly’.