Primary school children clock up 150 Golden Miles
One of our first Golden Mile schools is celebrating a major milestone in helping its students get active.
Ten pupils at Lanesend Primary School on the Isle of Wight have run 150 miles since March 2017. Pupils across the school have been clocking up the miles since the school adopted the Golden Mile initiative last year.
The Golden Mile aims to inspire and encourage children to get active every day. Pupils simply walk, skip or jog around a measured track within the safety of the school grounds. They can then use free downloadable resources to upload and track their achievements.
Lanesend signed up to the Golden Mile to help improve the health and wellbeing of its pupils. Classes now spend 12 minutes each day running the Golden Mile to make up an hour of physical activity each week.
Liz Westbrook, Leader of Learning – PE at Lanesend Primary School said:
“Since starting the Golden Mile back in March last year, I am amazed by the dedication and achievements of our children. Year 4 have shown particular dedication with 7 out of 10 of our first 150 achievers being from this year group. Our children love to see their miles ‘clock-up’ and are completely supportive of each other’s milestone achievements! We all have a lot to learn from our children’s commitment and drive at Lanesend.”
The school has noticed an incredible difference in its pupils’ fitness and is enjoying new successes in inter-school competitions. Children who completed 10 laps in a 12-minute session when the school first started the initiative are now completing 17 in the same amount of time. Some children love it so much that they choose to do extra laps during break times.
One pupil, aged 8, said:
“The Golden Mile is really good for your body. It is also good because people cheer you on. People also cheer when you get an achievement! I love the Golden Mile! It makes you fit and it is so much fun. I achieved 150 miles because I kept running and stuck at it with my friends. We all got 150.”
It is free for any school in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to join the Golden Mile if they complete a free training session with us. If you work in or with a school or want your child’s school to sign up, take a look at the Golden Mile page or get in touch with Alannah to find out more.