Another leap towards getting primary school children active

Girls running The Golden Mile
31st October 2017
Written by
Energise Me

This November we’ll be a hop, skip and a jump closer to getting every primary school child in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight clocking up Golden Miles.

Research shows that the number of children meeting the recommended amount of physical activity drops by 40% as they move through primary school. We want to buck that trend so this November we’ll be training teachers, parents and volunteers to implement The Golden Mile across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

The Golden Mile is a fun way to get children active during the school day. It boosts health, happiness and productivity. Best of all, it gives children the freedom to get active however they choose. They can hop, skip, run or dance their way round the one mile track within the safety of the school grounds.

“The children are independently choosing to walk or run some laps during their break and lunchtime to then record on their chart. Teachers will take the children outside during lessons to gain fresh air and have a period of activity which then aids the learning and focus when returning to class.  We have seen a positive impact on children settling to their work with more focus as they have had a bit of exercise.” Newchurch Primary School

Primary schools across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight can sign up to the Golden Mile for free when they register with us and take part in a free training session. This November, we are holding sessions in Totton, Alton and Southampton. Anyone from your school can attend – be it a staff member, parent or volunteer. By the end of the two-hour session they will have learnt all they need to know to launch the Golden Mile at your school.

Our ultimate goal is to get every primary school and special school in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight signed up. We’ve teamed up with Premier Education, Local GP Practices, Local NHS Clinical Groups, Hampshire School Nurses, School Games Organisers and Local Authorities to make that happen.

“The children at our school often have difficulty accessing sport and PE in a traditional way, but the Golden Mile is accessible for all and can be done in a way that suits any child. At Hollywater, our children have been running, walking, skipping, cycling, [and] using assistive methods…  There has been an increase in children’s daily participation in sport through use in break times and lessons. We’ve also seen an increase in some children’s social interaction whilst taking part in the Golden Mile with their friends.” Hollywater School

Would you like to implement the Golden Mile at your school? Contact Alannah to access our digital training package.

For more information
Alannah Stephenson
Project Officer – PE and School Sport
Call 01962 676382
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