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The Daily Mile

The Daily Mile is a national initiative, supporting schools to get children fit for life and fit for learning, by encouraging them to run or jog for 15 minutes every day in their schools or nurseries. This physical activity promotes social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing, as well as fitness. It takes place outside in the fresh air during the school day at a time of the teacher’s choosing. Children run in their school clothes and no special kit or equipment is required.

Since January 2019, we are delighted to say that 53 schools have signed up to The Daily Mile, making a grand total of 90 schools across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough that are doing it.  In the coming weeks we have 4 schools launching The Daily Mile – look out for Sporting Champions and Cambridge United’s mascot, Marvin the Moose!

The Daily Mile in action!

November 2019 – Paralympian Sam Ruddock joins Steve Barclay MP at the Nene and Ramnoth School in Wisbech to urge more schools in Cambridgeshire to join ‘The Daily Mile’ challenge.

February 2019 – Lauren Steadman launches the Daily Mile at schools across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The Daily Mile works!

  • 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
  • No staff training is needed and there is no extra workload for teachers
  • Children run in their uniforms so no kit or changing time is needed
  • It’s social, non-competitive and fun
  • The children return to class ready to learn
  • It helps to improve fitness and achieve a healthy weight
  • It encourages children to be aware of their health
  • It’s fully inclusive; every child, whatever their circumstances, age or ability, succeeds at The Daily Mile

The Daily Mile County Recognition Scheme

Living Sport are pleased to announce our new County Recognition Scheme for schools delivering The Daily Mile through its Core Principles.  It is introduced with backing from both Dr Liz Robin, Director of Public Health and Jonathan Lewis, Director of Education, at the County Council.  The Daily Mile Foundation has found that by following these core principles schools find it easier to sustain The Daily Mile long term and indeed integrate it into their daily school curriculum, it very much becomes part of everyday learning and activity.

What’s more, our County Recognition Scheme is recognised by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Healthy Schools as evidence to support your levels of physical activity. For further information about this and their Health and Wellbeing Awards section please click here or visit their website.

We are very keen to promote and reward the good work that our schools are doing and to this effect, have had a Daily Mile fence banner specially designed for schools! Schools will receive one of these once they can show that they are delivering The Daily Mile through the Core Principles.  To-date 27 schools have been successful in receiving a banner.

TDM School Banner

We are also awarding schools that have embedded The Daily Mile for a minimum of 4 months (including the Spring Term), with our Quality Assurance Certificate, valid for a year, signed by both directors. For further information and to see if your school qualifies to be part of our County Recognition Scheme please contact Ali.cope@livingsport.co.uk.

NEW! The Daily Mile Calendar – Dry Wipe Laminate A2 Version

The Foundation has created a fabulous Daily Mile Calendar for all schools that are registered to The Daily Mile, which you are able to download through their recent newsletter.  Living Sport have also created an A2 sized laminate dry wipe version of this calendar which we will be delivering to schools this term and hope that you will find this a useful and interactive resource.


The Daily Mile Case Studies

Find out how the following schools and nursery have implemented The Daily Mile into the school day and the impact it has had on the school staff, the children and their families.

Bury CofE Primary School
Winyates School
Samuel Pepys School
Beach Babies Nursery

Take a look here at how primary schools across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough ran The Daily Mile in support of Global Running Day on the 6th June.

The Daily Mile in the Community

Have you heard of Junior parkrun?  These are a great chance for your keen runners to take The Daily Mile to the next step!

  • They are a 2k event for juniors only (4-14 year olds). They are open to everyone; they are free, safe and easy to take part in.
  • For further details of a Junior Parkrun near you click here: Junior Parkrun Information

Chat to us about The Daily Mile today . . .

Living Sport is keen to support schools registering to The Daily Mile to embed their regular practice of The Daily Mile, as well as significantly grow the number of schools starting The Daily Mile across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

For further information about The Daily Mile and to register your school, please visit: www.thedailymile.co.uk

To find out more about The Daily Mile locally, please contact ali.cope@livingsport.co.uk


Montage of images of people doing the daily mile

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