Posted: Sun 5th Jun 2016

Bryn Pupils Rise To The Challenge Of ‘The Daily Mile’ /
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jun 5th, 2016

Pupils at Bryn Primary school are taking part in ‘The Daily Mile’, where every child walks or runs a mile each day. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The mile can be done at any time during the school day and staff and pupils worked together to calculate several one mile routes around the school grounds, allowing the school to run even in poor weather conditions. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Children have had a positive reaction towards the new initiative, with a few commenting that “it has improved my fitness”, “being fitter has helped me playing other sports on the weekend” and “I enjoy being out in the fresh air”. Pupils and staff have become so keen on the daily run that some classes have even started doing time trials, aiming to improve on their personal best each time they run the mile. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The initiative is aimed at increasing physical activity and fitness levels of pupils throughout the whole school. Amanda Murphy, Healthy Schools Co-ordinator and Kim Boaler Schools PE Co-ordinator at Bryn Primary School decided on adopting the initiative after pupils and staff successfully managed to work together to run a full marathon distance to raise money for Sports Relief. Teachers have identified that completing the mile does allow pupils to burn extra energy, which then allows them to focus more when in class. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr. Derek Havard, Cabinet Member for Education & Lifelong Learning said: “The Daily Mile is a brilliant initiative to get pupils active at school. Exercise is a great way to improve the learning day and I’m pleased to see that pupils at Bryn Primary School have had so much fun walking, skipping and running a mile each morning.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Spotted something? Got a story? Email News@News.Wales

More from Caerphilly County Borough Council

Caerphilly Council Learns Lessons Following Series of Complaints About Bin Collections and Litter

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Caerphilly School’s Kitchen Extension Plan Rejected by Council

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Parking Restrictions in Caerphilly County Borough Could Be Extended to 8pm, Despite Concerns

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Petrol Station in Blackwood Seeks Alcohol Licence

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Electrification of Cardiff-Rhymney Railway Line Set for Completion by Autumn 2025

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Councils to Play Central Role in Changes to 20mph Speed Limits in Welsh Roads, Says Caerphilly Senedd Member

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Latest from News.Wales

Public Consultation Launched for ‘No-Gas’ Housing Development Near Maesteg

Bridgend Council

Opponents of Proposed “Super-Estate” in Wrexham Call for Public Meeting

Wrexham Council

Disused Newport leisure centre deemed safe by council officials

Newport Council

Plans Revealed for Fourth Phase of Rhondda Fach Active Travel Route

Rhondda Council

Fear of Diluted Local Voice in Vale of Glamorgan Community Council Changes

Vale of Glamorgan Council

Smallest School in Rhondda Cynon Taf to Close Despite Strong Opposition

Rhondda Council