Ten primary schools from Burnley and Chorley will be putting their best foot forward and bidding to run a daily mile to improve their health and well-being.
The pilot developed by Lancashire Sport Partnership, Burnley Schools Sport Partnership and Chorley School sport Partnership the the first of its kind in Lancashire after it was developed by a Scottish school St Ninian’s.
Pupils from the ten pilot schools will don their trainers once a day and take part in a mile run or walk to help improve their well-being which has a knock on effect of contributing to their learning, attention and behaviour.
The event was launched at St John’s Cliviger and Buckshaw primary school with GB middle-distance athlete Leah Barrow helping to promote the idea.
She led a warm-up session alongside St John’s head teacher Naomi Healey and PE governor Trevor Shanley before the eager pupils tried out their first mile.
Head Teacher Mrs Healey said: “This is a great opportunity to be involved in something which will improve the children’s health, stamina and concentration in the classroom.
“By embedding a daily fitness routine into the lives of our children, I hope we can ensure that they have a positive attitude towards active lifestyles and that this is taken through into adulthood with them.”
School Governor Mr Shanley said: “This initiative is a fantastic opportunity for the school and our children. All the parents I have spoke with are on board and support it.”
Year Four pupil Milly Metcalf, from Holy Trinity, added: “This will make me more competitive, help release energy. I am looking forward to running and walking a mile everyday.”
Simon Merrick, Teacher from Anderton St Josephs & PE Coordinator said “We have successful run the Change 4 Life club for a couple of years and this is another great opportunity to include all children be involved that encourages them to participate in PE, Sport and Physical activities and allows every child to succeed.”
The one mile sessions at the primary schools will start after the half-term holiday next week.
“Initially the schools are hoping to run a mile at least three times a week but it is hoped that once they start seeing the benefits they will increase it to every day,” said Helen Tyson, Schools Games Organiser for Burnley Schools Sport Partnership.
Mark Stephenson Relationship Manager for Lancashire Sport Partnership said “this is a great example of us all working together to get more young people active, it was fantastic to see the pupils running around, red cheeked and getting ready for the rest of the schools day. We hope this pilot will inspire other schools across Lancashire to get every primary school pupil physically active every day.”