The Daily Mile

Westmeath Sports Partnership and HSE Midland would like to invite your school to take part in a free and simple initiative to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of the children in your school.

The Daily Mile is an initiative which was started by Elaine Wyllie, Headteacher of a Large Scottish Primary School in 2012. Elaine started this initiative when she noticed that many children in her class room were very unfit. She started by asking the children to run around the school pitch. By halfway most were exhausted however once they did it daily the children’s fitness levels improved and they increased it to the daily mile.  Since then it has been introduced into over 1000 schools in the UK.

It is very simple to start in a school. Without wasting time to change into kit, every child in a school goes out each day in the fresh air to run, jog or walk for 15 minutes. It is not competitive and most children average a mile, with some doing more and some doing less. It is not PE, sport or cross-country but a physical activity which is aimed at improving the children’s physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing. It can help children to focus and concentrate in the classroom and raise their attainment.

If you are interested in starting the daily mile in your school or one of the classes in your school initially please fill in your contact details and send to “the Daily Mile”, Westmeath  Sports Partnership, Governors House, Mount St, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath or email with your name and contact details. Please respond by Friday 24th February 2017. We would hope that participating schools would commence their programmes the 2nd week in March.

Print and return this form The Daily Mile – Expression of Interest Letter if your School wishes to take part

For further details on the daily mile please visit the website

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