As part of the European Week of Sport, Athletics Ireland in association with Dublin City Sport and Wellbeing Partnership yesterday hosted The Daily Mile in Action at Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Inchicore.
Since launching in Scotland in 2012, The Daily Mile has grown exponentially with over 5,000 schools currently participating worldwide. Since the launch in Ireland only last April almost 300 schools have already registered for The Daily Mile. The benefits of this fun and free physical activity are numerous, improving children’s physical and mental health and wellbeing, their focus in class, and their fitness levels.
Athletics Ireland has been appointed as the hub for the promotion and development of The Daily Mile in Ireland in collaboration with Local Authorities and Sports Partnerships.
“We are delighted to be leading this wonderful Primary Schools initiative that can make a great impact on the fitness, health, and general wellbeing of school children all over Ireland, “Athletics Ireland President, Georgina Drumm said. “Athletics Ireland is fully committed to encouraging all Primary Schools to embrace The Daily Mile. “We have already seen in Primary Schools like Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal in Inchicore that the impact of The Daily Mile can be transformational – improving not only children’s fitness but also their concentration levels, mood, behavior and general well-being. “
Brendan Griffin TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport attended this exciting Primary Schools media day “The overall simplicity of “The Daily Mile” is to be admired. There is no extra cost, no extra equipment or sports kit. This initiative is all about getting children out into the fresh air and being active. There is no emphasis on winning or competition; it is simply about having fun. The impact of this type of engagement can be transformational – improving not only children’s fitness but also their concentration levels, mood, behavior and general well-being.’
John Treacy, CEO of Sport Ireland and Olympic marathon silver medalist, said: “Sport Ireland is delighted to support The Daily Mile through the Local Sports Partnership network. This is an excellent example of collaboration between a National Governing Body for Sport and the Local Sports Partnerships at a local level and will get many children out and active, which is vitally important for their physical and mental health.”
Anthony White, Manager of The Daily Mile Ireland is motivated in getting every Primary School in Ireland involved in the initiative. “ Our aim is to give every primary school child nationwide the opportunity to take part in The Daily Mile.”
For more information or to get your school involved in the Dail Mile log onto www.thedailymile.ie