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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.

The Daily Mile in action!

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.

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 20 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, with our Quality Assurance Certificate, valid for an academic year, signed by both directors. 8 schools have been awarded a certificate to-date.

To see if your school qualifies to be part of our County Recognition Scheme please complete this questionnaire. This will also enable us to understand the context of how ‘The Daily Mile’ works in your school, and if we can support you to further develop it.

The Daily Mile Summer Challenge 

Help us to help you keep your children active and smiling this summer! To continue The Daily Mile that many schools in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are doing each day during term time we’re running a ‘Miles of Smiles Summer Challenge’ and we need as many of you as possible to get involved!

We have £10 WHSmith vouchers up for grabs, which we will be awarding to the children that keep the #DailyMile going this summer.  Prizes will be awarded to those children that have run their miles with smiles –  whether they’re running the furthest number of miles, the most number of days or just enthusiastically continuing The Daily Mile throughout the 6 week holiday – the key thing is for them to have fun whilst being active!

To find out more and to be in with a chance of winning a £10 voucher click here.

Summer challenge
The Daily Mile Case Studies

Find out how the following schools 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

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.


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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