Children get active with Daily Mile

PRIMARY and pre-schools have been invited to participate in The Daily Mile initiative, a programme that aims to get school children fit, to improve their physical and mental health.

Torteval pre-school children take part in ‘The Daily Mile’. Left to right: Mia Snell, 3, Seb Smillie, 4, and Archie Jehan, 3.                                           (Picture by Adrian Miller, 19657099)
Torteval pre-school children take part in ‘The Daily Mile’. Left to right: Mia Snell, 3, Seb Smillie, 4, and Archie Jehan, 3. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 19657099)

During The Daily Mile, pupils are encouraged to walk, jog or run for 15 minutes every day with their schools.

Elaine Wylie, a teacher in Scotland, conceived the idea when she identified that her pupils lacked basic fitness.

She saw Guernsey as a great location to adopt it during her visit last week to the Thrive 2020 conference.

‘The idea that Guernsey is an island with a lovely climate, and each school has access to a nice area means it is perfect,’ she said.

‘In an island like that size, the idea could spread like wildfire, and everyone can get involved – it really is an attractive prospect.’

Alun Williams, lifelong learning manager for the States, was keen to bring the initiative to the island.

‘We discussed how The Daily Mile initiative could work in Bailiwick schools and we have put together an offer that has been circulated to all primary schools, inviting them to establish The Daily Mile,’ he said.

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