Boxmoor Primary School
“The Daily Mile has been one of the best things that we have introduced in our school”

Boxmoor Primary School Celebrate One Year of The Daily Mile

Herts Sport and Physical Activity Partnership teamed up with The Daily Mile Foundation to celebrate Boxmoor Primary School’s first anniversary with The Daily Mile.

During his visit, Gordon Banks, Global Director of The Daily Mile Foundation, witnessed the program in action, gaining valuable insights into its challenges and successes. Timed with Children’s Mental Health Week and the theme ‘My Voice Matters,’ the visit highlighted the significance of boosting children’s confidence. The Daily Mile initiative champions regular physical activity, fostering improved health and wellbeing for children—a vital resource embraced by the Boxmoor community, especially amidst the COVID-19 pandemic when opportunities for physical activity were limited for children.

A Youth Sport Trust Survey (2020) revealed that 75% of teachers observed decreased physical fitness in students upon their return to school. Research highlights The Daily Mile’s positive effects on children’s health and wellbeing, leading to improved focus and attentiveness in the classroom.”

Vicky Campos, Headteacher at Boxmoor Primary School said:

“The Daily Mile has been one of the best things that we have introduced in our school. We love the fact that it is inclusive, everyone takes part, even the staff! It does not matter whether you are the fastest runner or whether you prefer to fast walk, The Daily Mile is for everyone. We have seen huge benefits on our children, both physically and mentally. Some of our children now take part in weekend parkruns with their families and cross-country events thanks to The Daily Mile. It is the perfect way of preparing our children for learning. Boxmoor loves The Daily Mile.”

At the celebration, Steve Frew, a Youth Sport Trust Athlete Mentor, shared his inspiring journey from setbacks to winning a Gold Medal in Gymnastics at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and emphasised the importance of self-belief and a positive mindset. Year 6 Sports Leaders asked him about his career and dedication to gymnastics, learning from his early role models. Steve ended with some gymnastic moves, increasing excitement before joining pupils for their Daily Mile activity in the playground.

Enthusiastic pupils shared their thoughts on The Daily Mile:

Alex “It’s very fun. It is nice to have a short break from learning to get some fresh air. It also helps me to concentrate more as I have released some energy through The Daily Mile”.

MillieIt’s fun! It also helps you concentrate in lessons and get all your energy out which means we fidget less!