The Daily Mile today set out its ambitions for the next 10 years at an event with the Scottish Government at Scotland House, University College Birmingham in time for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Celebrating the tremendous growth of The Daily Mile since its inception 10 years ago, the event has set a goal to improve the well-being of 10 million children worldwide by 2032.
Daily Mile Ambassador, two-time Commonwealth Champion, World Champion and Olympian, Colin Jackson CBE chaired the event at University College Birmingham’s Scotland House. The event was attended by the Scottish Ministers for Health, Health and Sport Marie Todd MSPFounder of The Daily Mile Elaine Willey MBEAssociate Professor CBiol MRSB, Epigenetics, Genetics and Physical Activity, Associate Dean for Research, University of Stirling Dr. Colin N. Moranand Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology, University of Edinburgh Dr. Josie Booth.
Guests heard directly from the Scottish Government about Scotland’s ongoing commitment to expanding The Daily Mile initiative. There was a discussion about the positive impact of The Daily Mile on wellbeing and the latest research and first-hand accounts from local teachers and pupils, as well as the desire to increase the number of children from the UK and the world.
Starting with just one school in Stirling, 3 million children are now involved in over 14,000 schools thanks to teachers and partners in 87 countries around the world.
More than 2,351,000 children in over 9,700 schools across the UK are registered for The Daily Mile, with more schools joining every day.
The Daily Mile improves academic performance, physical and mental health, and surprisingly, even children who have never played sports before enjoy playing sports, become fitter, and participate in more sports and physical activity
Elaine Willey MBE, founder of The Daily Mile, says: “It’s amazing to come together today with a successful group of former athletes, leaders and health professionals to set out our ambition to ensure that every child benefits from The Daily Mile.”
“Multiple scientific studies have shown that The Daily Mile improves fitness, allows teachers to build trusting relationships with students, children achieve more in school and feel calmer and happier with better concentration and mental well-being.”
“We want 10 million children around the world to be doing The Daily Mile by 2032, and together we will do it.”
Colin Jackson CBE, two-time Commonwealth Champion, World Champion and Olympian, says: “I’m really excited to be here in Birmingham supporting The Daily Mile and celebrating 10 years. The Daily Mile has made a significant impact on the well-being of children around the world. I’m very proud to be a part of this program and I’m sure it will continue to inspire young people to live healthy lives in and out of school.”
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