Sport England have recently announced they are committing £1.5 million of National Lottery funding to enable a number of County Sports Partnerships to support the expansion of The Daily Mile™, the ground-breaking fitness initiative that aims to get children fit for life.
In December, Sport England published their first Active Lives Children and Young People report, which showed that more than 2.3 million children do fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a day. The partnership with The Daily Mile Foundation aims to help increase children’s activity levels with the vision of all 20,000 primary schools in the country taking part.
GreaterSport were successful in receiving a £220,000 investment over the next 18 months to help get children more active every day in Greater Manchester and across the North. The funding provides a Daily Mile Coordinator for Greater Manchester, adding further support to the city region’s ambition to have 75% of primary schools regularly taking part in The Daily Mile by 2021. The Daily Mile is already taking place in over 400 primary schools in Greater Manchester, read about the success stories here.
The funding is also for a Northern Coordinator, who will work with local coordinators in Merseyside, Tyne and Wear, Greater Manchester and Yorkshire to encourage and support more schools to sign up and take part in the initiative.
Founded by former headteacher Elaine Wyllie MBE in 2012, The Daily Mile currently helps more than 3,600 English schools reach their daily activity target. The concept is simple, with classes heading outside to jog or run around the school grounds every day, rain or shine, at whatever pace suits the child best. Through getting schoolchildren to jog or run for 15 minutes every day, The Daily Mile has been proven to significantly improve fitness levels.
The Daily Mile Greater Manchester Coordinator Matthew Domville said “To be given the opportunity to promote The Daily Mile and its benefits to the schools of Greater Manchester is wonderful. The scale of the project is far reaching and has tremendous benefits, not just for school-related outcomes, but for the health and wellbeing of the city region as a whole”.
The Daily Mile Northern Coordinator Lauren Whaley said “I am looking forward to working with the northern team to build on the great work that organisations, schools, teachers and pupils have already begun. The initiative not only has numerous benefits for health and wellbeing but also supports teachers and pupils to enjoy time together in a fun environment”.
Sara Tomkins, CEO for GreaterSport, said “This investment from Sport England into Greater Manchester and across the North will help us to achieve our ambition of having 75% of primary schools regularly taking part in The Daily Mile by 2021. We’re excited to have Matt and Lauren join the team and help us to make Greater Manchester the most active region in England.”
A major campaign is launching in Greater Manchester to get people thinking differently about getting active, supporting people to move more in a way that suits them, giving a clear daily active movement target (30 minutes) to aim for