Google+ Running in Cork, Ireland: Daily Mile for school children spreads to Cork

Monday, November 26, 2018

Daily Mile for school children spreads to Cork

Back in September of 2015, I had a post up on the site titled "Scottish Primary School is starting a running revolution to tackle childhood obesity". It was about how a school in Scotland was trying to get their children to exercise every day to improve their fitness levels and get them used to a culture of exercise.

What is The Daily Mile? The aim of The Daily Mile is simple – we want to get children fit by running for 15 minutes a day. Headteacher, Elaine Wyllie, founded The Daily Mile to tackle the obesity and poor levels of fitness of the children in her school. The great thing is that this daily exercise is not timetabled. Teachers take their classes out at a time of their choosing and it only takes 15 minutes. It’s simple – the kids don’t get changed, it gets them out of their seats and gives them an opportunity to go outside and socialise within their school community.

The concept gradually spread to the rest of the UK and is now in Ireland. There are several in Cork schools as can be seen from the map above (Nov 2018). This however is just a fraction of the schools in the county.

If you're a teacher or are interested in the Daily Mile concept then check out this website...

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