The Daily Mile is a popular, simple and free initiative that sees children run or jog for 15 minutes every day in their primary and nursery schools. This concept of sending children outside during normal lesson time to run or walk laps of the playground for 15 minutes a day has spread to more than 3,600 primary schools in 35 different countries. A recent study published looked at 391 children at two Scottish primary schools. Seven months after starting the Daily Mile, children who had been doing it could run 5% further during a timed shuttle-run test than the other children. They had increased their moderate/vigorous physical activity by nine minutes a day and had cut their total sedentary time by 18 minutes.
What we'll deliver:
- Pledge £5,000 towards the cost
- Manage the project of installation
- Provide ongoing maintenance
Why it's a great idea:
Bosham only has the recreation ground as a suitable open space in the village for safe exercise. This space is utilised by many groups, football club, school, mothers and children, sports activities- and a running track would assist in all-weather participation.
The neighbourhood plan recognises that Bosham does not have an abundance of public open space (6.6) and we need to utilise the space to the best of our ability. Bosham Primary School yr 5 teachers have received training in implementing daily mile running initiative in 2017/18. The school has been trying to maintain this initiative on the playground, but it is not large enough and not inclusive of the whole community.
Steps to get it done:
- Lay new track surface before the Autumn wet weather sets in