ELIUD KIPCHOGE AND TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR’S VICTOR WANYAMA RUN THE DAILY MILE WITH LOCAL SCHOOLCHILDREN
- History-maker, Eliud Kipchoge and Spurs star, Victor Wanyama have run The Daily Mile with Tottenham schoolchildren in a bid to inspire children across the capital to get moving.
- The Daily Mile is now one of the world’s biggest and most influential children’s health and fitness initiatives, with more than 2.3 million children taking part across 72 countries.
- Founder of The Daily Mile, Elaine Wyllie MBE, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and the team at London Marathon Events to create such a fantastic occasion for The Daily Mile. We are grateful for the incredible support we have received from world-class athletes Eliud Kipchoge and Victor Wanyama, whose influence and inspiration will go a long way to encouraging children to be more active. These partnerships are truly essential to making more and more children aware of the importance of daily physical activity and will no doubt take The Daily Mile to the next level.”
The Daily Mile Foundation has joined forces with Eliud Kipchoge, London Marathon Events and Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to host a flagship event to promote the initiative and inspire even more young Londoners to get active.
On Friday 13th December, 120 local schoolchildren from Earlsmead Primary School had the opportunity to run The Daily Mile alongside Eliud Kipchoge, who made history in October at the INEOS 1:59 Challenge by becoming the first person to run a sub-two hour marathon. They were also joined by Spurs midfielder and captain of the Kenya national team, Victor Wanyama.
The event celebrated The Daily Mile and championed its defining message that 15 minutes of daily activity is life changing for the health and wellbeing of everyone, regardless of age, ability, or personal circumstance.
London Marathon Events has been working with The Daily Mile Foundation, which is supported by INEOS, the Mayor of London and Healthy Schools London to encourage primary schools across London to take part in The Daily Mile since October 2018. The ground-breaking initiative is now a regular fixture of the school day, with up to 245,000 schoolchildren taking part in The Daily Mile across London.
Tottenham Hotspur Foundation supports The Daily Mile in schools across Enfield and Haringey, as part of its commitment to increasing participation in sport and making physical activity a regular habit for people living in the Club’s local community. Foundation staff also spend one day a week in the area’s schools delivering Premier League Primary Stars. This provides PE support to teachers in order to help them feel more confident and increase their knowledge of how to deliver quality physical activity.
Eliud Kipchoge is an Ambassador for The Daily Mile and has been involved with the initiative since May 2019. Since his phenomenal sub two-hour marathon achievement in October, Kipchoge has been awarded BBC Sports Personality ‘World Sport Star of the Year’ 2019 and has recently announced his participation in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon.
Founder of The Daily Mile, Elaine Wyllie MBE, said: “We are thrilled to be working with Tottenham Hotspur Foundation and the team at London Marathon Events to create such a fantastic occasion for The Daily Mile. We are grateful for the incredible support we have received from world-class athletes Eliud Kipchoge and Victor Wanyama, whose influence and inspiration will go a long way to encouraging children to be more active. These partnerships are truly essential to making more and more children aware of the importance of daily physical activity and will no doubt take The Daily Mile to the next level.”
Eliud Kipchoge, Ambassador of The Daily Mile, said: “It is a great honour to be here with Victor today. As a Daily Mile ambassador and fan of Spurs, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. This truly is a fantastic event to encourage children to get more involved in sport and promote the importance of regular exercise.”
Victor Wanyama said: “It’s incredible to be here today with my friend Eliud Kipchoge. Having made history in Vienna this year, he really is a true inspiration. Our aim today is to encourage young people everywhere to be active, which makes a real difference to their health and wellbeing.”
Mayor of Haringey, Cllr Sheila Peacock, said: “We were thrilled to have Eliud and Victor here with Haringey children – what an amazing inspiration for our young people. The Daily Mile are making a real difference in our borough as we all work together to keep children in Haringey active. As a former head teacher, I know the impact visits like this can make. It’s been a wonderful day that I know our young people won’t forget.”
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