What is The Daily Mile
The aim of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances.Read on below
The Daily Mile is a social physical activity, with children running, jogging, wheeling or walking – at their own pace – in the fresh air with friends. Children can occasionally walk to catch their breath, if necessary, but should aim to run, jog or wheel for the full 15 minutes. We want every child to have the opportunity to do The Daily Mile in their setting, and are now working to build The Daily Mile’s community with schools, early years settings, local councils, sports bodies and other supporters in the UK and beyond.
The Daily Mile works!
It takes place in 15 minutes, with most children averaging a mile, or more.
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’s core principles that apply to Primary schools can apply equally well to Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) settings. In December 2017, the Scottish Government published “The Daily Mile with young children: guidance“, with the assistance of The Daily Mile’s founder, Elaine Wyllie MBE. For more information, we recommend reading the full guide by clicking on the button below.
I believe The Daily Mile will have a huge impact on young people's lives, helping children across the UK to be fitter, healthier and happier. I'm delighted to be supporting The Daily Mile, and hope that every child has the opportunity to take part in this fantastic initiative.Colin Jackson, Olympic 110m hurdles Medallist