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‘Every mile is worth my while!’

Overwhelmingly .... 4,000 children along with hundreds of staff in 40 schools all over N.I. signed up and took part in the Early Childhood Studies Degree Celebration Walk.  Schools in every county in N.I. took part in The Daily Mile initiative on World Outdoor Classroom Day on the 17th May 2018 - some for the very first time!

The Daily Mile Foundation is a charity established by Elaine Wyllie in 2016 – the Pride of Britain Award winning former head teacher of St Ninian’s Primary School in Scotland, where the Daily Mile first began.  Elaine wanted to provide every child the opportunity to walk a Daily Mile each day in their school, and she has seen the initiative work as a long-term health implementation in many schools.  Supported by INEOS, she is now working with a small team to build the Daily Mile’s global community with schools, local councils, sports bodies and other charities. In Northern Ireland 105 schools are registered with the Daily Mile ( ) and globally 4,200 schools in 31 countries are signed up. 

Dr Brenda McKay-Redmond was invited to launch the Daily Mile at Mount St.Michael’s Nursery and Primary School in Randalstown as the school were participating in the ECS Celebration Walk on the 17th May.  All 430 children from the Nursery and Primary School took part in the Daily Mile and continue to do so every day.  Brenda felt that the children fully endorsed the Daily Mile core principles: “The children had fun whilst walking and running with their friends.  The fact that this is a fifteen minute walk / run during their school day which is fully inclusive for every child, whatever their age, ability or circumstances, is so encouraging.  The children were out in the fresh air and the weather is a benefit, not a barrier.  The children who took part with me that day certainly enjoyed the warm sunshine and the welcomed ice pops afterwards.” 

The Daily Mile has been so successful as there is no set up, tidy up, or equipment required, and no training of staff is necessary; children walk / run in their trainers - it’s social, non-competitive and fun.  The children return to class ready to learn; such an activity improves fitness and helps towards attaining or maintaining a healthy weight, whilst encouraging children to be aware of their health, mood, behaviour and general wellbeing.

A massive thank you to all the schools, their children, and their staff, many of whom are past ECS graduates, who walked or ran with us on our Celebration 21st Anniversary Walk.  What a walk we had! Remember - ‘Every mile is worth my while’, so let’s help children ‘get fit for life.’ 

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