Thursday 28th February saw the launch of The Daily Mile initiative across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough by triple World Champion, Para-Triathlete Lauren Steadman.
Lauren hails from Peterborough and came back to her roots to celebrate the success of The Daily Mile at Winyates Primary School, in Peterborough, as well as nip down the road to Ramsey to launch Ramsey Spinning Infant School’s inaugural Daily Mile! Lauren is keen to see children participating in regular physical activity and The Daily Mile does just this!
Lauren said in her assembly with Winyates children, “Physical activity helps with my brain power, heart power and I feel really ready to go afterwards.”
The Daily Mile, founded in 2012 by Elaine Wyllie, 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, to complete their 15 minutes of physical activity. The benefits are already being seen in our schools, with children noticeably fitter, able to concentrate for longer and showing increased resilience.
Founder of The Daily Mile, Elaine Wyllie said: “I’m delighted that Lauren Steadman and Living Sport launched The Daily Mile in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire today, and are helping children across the county to get fit for life. Children love doing The Daily Mile and they will reap the physical and mental health benefits for years come.”
Deborah Bowles, Head of School at Winyates Primary School said, “The benefits we have seen from The Daily Mile are that the children are calmer when they come back in afterwards. We use The Daily Mile mid lesson so that when they return they refocus and are re-energised and ready to learn again.”
Carol Gronow, Head of Service, Cambridgeshire County Council said, “It’s fantastic that we are getting more and more children involved with The Daily Mile, it contributes to a healthy, active lifestyle as well as the children being active together.”
Jane Wisely, Director of Leisure and Health at Huntingdonshire District Council said, “What a fantastic event, it’s so lovely to see all the children doing The Daily Mile so enthusiastically and it would be absolutely fantastic if we could have every school in the county doing it!”
Julian Base, Everyone Health said: The value of The Daily Mile is that it encourages physical activity to become a routine factor in children’s lives and establishes healthier behaviours that will help them now and in the future.”