Burnley FC in the Community (BFCitC) and Bertie Bee joined teachers and pupils at Padiham Primary School recently to join in The Daily Mile Challenge.
Padiham Primary School partners with BFCitC on the Premier League Primary Stars programme, an ambitious programme that uses the appeal of football and the Premier League to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills.
In keeping with the Premier League Primary Stars vision of encouraging children to be active and enhance physical education, the school has recently embarked on The Daily Mile campaign. The completely free activity involves children running or jogging the distance of one mile at their own pace, to improve their physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing.
The Daily Mile makes a real impact on children’s lives and is also designed to improve their concentration levels, mood, behaviour and general wellbeing. Research has also shown it can increase attainment in primary schools and parents have reported an increased interest in health and wellbeing from their children after they started The Daily Mile.
Padiham Primary School Deputy Headteacher, Mr Dunderdale said: “I would definitely recommend The Daily Mile. Since taking part, I’ve seen a real change in the children, they are more productive in lessons as we find enjoying the one mile run really helps split up the afternoon.”
“The children’s quality of work has improved; their fitness levels and it encourages a healthy lifestyle. It’s not just the children, the staff get involved too, their wellbeing is important, it helps them become fitter and more active. Some of the older boys get competitive and want to race each other but overall, it’s fun and anyone can participate. We split the classes, reception and year 2 go out for the run first, then year 3 and 4 and finally year 5 and 6.”
“So far, as a school we have collectively ran 10,000 miles. It’s easy to implement, it works well for us we incorporate it into the school day, the children don’t have to get changed they can just go out and have a run.”
“I believe every school has the time to take part. It’s doable, if we can do it with 300 children then other schools can too!”
Sport Development Manager, Sam Howell said: “It’s fantastic to see Padiham Primary School getting involved in The Daily Mile, it’s a brilliant initiative that can benefit children in so many ways.”
“We currently work with a number of local primary schools across the region on the Premier League Primary Stars programme and we would encourage them all to get involved!”
For more information on The Daily Mile click here.
To find out more about how to get involved in the Premier League Primary Stars programme with BFCitC, click here, or contact Sport Development Manager Sam Howell on 01282 704 716 or email email@example.com