GreaterSport, the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, Greater Manchester Headteachers' Alliance and Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham are all urging schools to get active and adopt The Daily Mile.

The UK Chief Medical Officers’ recommend that all children and young people should engage in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity for at least 60 minutes every day. At least 30 minutes should be delivered in school every day with the remaining 30 minutes supported by parents and carers outside of school time. The Daily Mile is a profoundly simple, but effective initiative that gets children walking, jogging or running for 15 minutes each day and therefore is a great way to contribute towards this recommendation.

We have produced a promotional film to encourage more schools to implement The Daily Mile as we strongly believe that it can greatly improve the mental, emotional, social and physical well-being of children and young people.

The Daily Mile is successful because…

  • It is simple and free.
  • It takes place over just 15 minutes, with children averaging a mile each day.
  • 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.
  • Children run in their uniforms so no kit or changing time is needed.
  • It’s social, non-competitive and fun.
  • It’s fully inclusive; every child, whatever their circumstances, age or ability, succeeds at The Daily Mile.

There are many benefits to the Daily Mile...

  • Improved fitness levels
  • Positive change in body shape
  • Better concentration
  • Improved behaviour
  • Increased attainment
  • Improved staff-pupil relationships
  • Increased confidence
  • Better knowledge on the importance of healthy lifestyles

Visit The Daily Mile website http://thedailymile.co.uk/ for further information on how to get started.

You can also download on the right a presentation which the founder of The Daily Mile, Elaine Wyllie gave to schools on how to get started.