These Cwmbran pupils are walking a mile a day in school time – and the results have been impressive

The South Wales Argus is reporting that a Torfaen school has started scheduling a “daily mile” into the school day, with impressive results.

At Cwmbran’s Nant Celyn Primary School, the daily mile has seen schoolchildren and staff walking, running or jogging at least one mile every day.

In conjunction with Dragon Sports and Torfaen Sports Development, the scheme started in September and has so far had a very positive reception.

Claire Sharpe, a teaching assistant at the school said: “The children have said that it’s great fun and at first they were all walking a mile but now they are running and some of them can even run a whole mile now.”

She added that both the children and the staff took on the daily mile, which is now on every class timetable, to promote wellbeing and have since found that it also seems to raise the self esteem of those taking part.

The teaching assistant added that children have told her about the fun they are having, and how impressed they are with the difference it has made in their lives.

Bridie Cobley, a sports development officer at Torfaen Sports Development said: “It is around getting active, particularly for younger children. However, from working with Nant Celyn, there is evidence to suggest that the daily mile is having an educational benefit as well as a physical one.”

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  1. at2__1

    SchoolsImprove Someone tell educationgovuk Their insistence on compulsory E.Bacc is driving PE/Sport out of the curriculum in many schools

  2. Bizarre that this is even news, and yet it is! As a society, we’ve really screwed up childhood in the past 2-3 decades.

    When I was 7, 8, 9 yrs of age in the late 1960’s/early 70’s I would cover at least 3-4 miles, moving at a moderate to vigorous activity rate (sweaty, breathing hard) each day in play, on run to school, riding bike, etc. and probably more at the weekend. I was SW England 1500m champion in 1976 with hardly any formal training, because I was so naturally fit.
    Now look at us, crowing because fat kids are moving above walking pace for a few minutes. Yippee!
    If their play was always like this every day, there’d be no need for the Daily Mile and no £6billion NHS child obesity worry

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