The Daily Mile (TDM) is a simple and free initiative in which children are encouraged to jog or run, at their own pace, outside in the fresh air for 15 minutes every day in their nursery and primary schools.
Since the start of January 2019, Sport England have committed 1.5 million pounds of National Lottery funding to support the growth of The Daily Mile across the country through funding 12 Local Daily Mile Coordinator roles. One of these is in post in Greater Manchester to help support schools to implement The Daily Mile.
With 6 in 10 children in Greater Manchester not active enough something needs to change.
Taking part in The Daily Mile not only encourages children to be active through the modelling of healthy behaviours, it also provides important social opportunities, where teachers can better get to know their students and facilitate more robust relationships away from the classroom.
Initiatives like The Daily Mile have been shown to increase children’s overall health and well-being whilst also reducing children’s sedentary time, which has been shown to have an independent relationship to physical activity. Irrespective of the amount of physical activity a young person does, high levels of sitting time are related to the development of risk factors in early childhood and adolescence, leading to the development of non-communicable diseases in later life.
As of June 2019 there are 404 primary schools now signed up. That’s 48% of primary schools across Greater Manchester. Our aim is to get 75% of primary schools signed up by 2021.
If your school is interested in starting The Daily Mile please get in contact with your Local Daily Mile Coordinator Matthew Domville (firstname.lastname@example.org) or sign up to the initiative here. Please remember to opt in to being contacted, otherwise Matthew won’t know you have joined and your school won’t receive its welcome pack and the many additional resources to aid your children’s psycho-social-physical development.
The Daily Mile is a UK-wide initiative that we proudly support here in Greater Manchester. It encourages children of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to run or jog for 15 minutes every day.
For nurseries and pre-school environments, The Daily Mile is an ideal initiative to adopt. It’s free, sociable and requires no additional skills or resources to teach. It promotes awareness of health and wellbeing, exercise and encourages children to get outside in the fresh air. You can also use your existing space, both indoors and outdoors.
In October 2018, we launched our GM Daily Mile initiative in nurseries and with your support, we’re working to embed The Daily Mile in all Early Years settings across GM, starting with school-attached nurseries.
Our target is for every child in Greater Manchester to access The Daily Mile. With your help, we know we can get there.
To see The Daily Mile in action in nurseries, you can watch this Granada report from a nursery in Wigan.
“At first we did The Daily Mile at dinner time, which was OK, but, we needed to give it its own slot. In January 2018, we moved it to a mid-afternoon session…we bleep tested the kids at the start and then 6 months later, and the resulting increase in stamina were staggering”
Peter Wright (Head teacher) St Peter’s CE Primary School