Get Moving Get Active! Over a 100 first year pupils from St. Colmcilles Community School in Knocklyon swapped their books for their runners to complete the GloHealth School Mile Challenge on Wednesday 15th of October. The enthusiastic students from the school were on hand today to launch the “GloHealth School Mile Challenge” which is organised by Athletics Ireland and the Irish Schools Athletic Association.
Get Moving Get Active!
The purpose of the School Mile Challenge is to promote running as a fun fitness activity in post primary schools across the country. The challenge provides an opportunity for the school to encourage their students to try out recreational participation in sport. The challenge is open to everyone, with pupils either running, jogging or walking the manageable one mile distance.
Irish Schools Athletic Coordinator Anthony White said “This is a fantastic opportunity to encourage young people to get active and involved in a healthy form of exercise. The initiative is about enjoyment and participation open to all students, the main purpose is to promote running or walking as part of a balanced healthy lifestyle.”
Speaking about the initiative David Crimmins, Commercial Director of GloHealth said “GloHealth is delighted to support the School Mile Challenge, it fits in with our own approach to children’s health. GloHealth reward parents who have kids in sports clubs by giving €30 cash back on their club membership*. Forming a habit of taking part in sport, such as this challenge, at a young age is crucial in the fight against childhood obesity and health problems that arise as kids grow into adults”.
Why Not Get Involved!
Every school that gets involved will organise the event to take place during a school day. Every pupil’s time will be accurately recorded and graded to put participants into different categories. Students will be rewarded with a colour coded GloHealth wrist band that correlates to the time they ran. If your school would like to take on the challenge please contact Anthony White by email: [email protected] or Telephone: (01) 8669933.