Pupils from Oasis Academy Short Heath run headfirst into the Daily Mile, an initiative that will see youngsters either run or jog a mile, at their own pace in the fresh air with their friends.
I believe The Daily Mile will have a huge impact on young people's lives, helping children across the UK to be fitter, healthier and happier. I'm delighted to be supporting The Daily Mile, and hope that every child has the opportunity to take part in this fantastic initiative. - Colin Jackson, Olympic 110m hurdles Medallist
BBC Radio West Midlands attended the Academy on Monday 20th June 2019 as they launched The Daily Mile at the school. Pupils, staff and parents all appeared on the ‘Sunny and Shay’ show which focuses on going out into local communities and visiting people.
The Daily Mile is a social physical activity, with children running or jogging – at their own pace – in the fresh air with friends. Children can occasionally walk to catch their breath, if necessary, but should aim to run or jog for the full 15 minutes.
Joseph Darnley, Deputy Principal at Oasis Academy Short Heath, said; “It was an absolute privilege to welcome BBC Radio West Midlands to our academy for children and staff to talk about the learning experiences we provide at Short Heath and how they all contribute towards the development of our social and emotional wellbeing as well as academic success.”
“Children were dressed up in rock star outfits to promote our new times table initiative and all had fun running their daily mile, including staff.”
The initiative isn’t just open to the children – members of staff can also be seen lapping the playground or field with their classes.
Since 2015, The Daily Mile has been adopted by almost 3000 schools in the UK.
Sam Payne, Local Co-Ordinator for The Daily Mile, added; “It was fantastic to see Oasis Academy Short Heath launch The Daily Mile with BBC West Midlands.”
“From speaking to the pupils and staff at OA Short Heath, it is clear to see that the school is doing a fantastic job of promoting health and wellbeing.”
“The Daily Mile will help OA Short Heath to further embed their active education and ensure that the pupils grow up with the habits and values they need to stay healthy for life.”
“I hope the enthusiasm that the school has for The Daily Mile, and the benefits the school will reap, encourages other schools across Birmingham to follow suite and sign up via the following link: https://thedailymile.co.uk/school-signup/”
You can listen to the full Sunny and Shay Radio show for the next 30 days online here, just click on the 20/05/2019.