What is the Daily Mile?
The Daily Mile is a fantastic initiative designed to encourage primary school children to run or jog for 15 minutes every day in a social setting, usually using a dedicated Daily Mile track. Not only does this promote emotional and mental health wellbeing, it also helps get children fit and active with their friends.
What needs to be considered for the Daily Mile?
The Daily Mile is designed to take place in any weather, at any time of day. Therefore, it is important to make sure the surface is durable and can withstand all weather conditions. If you have a track installed, it should be 1.5m wide or more to allow children to run side-by-side to add even more fun
What is the Daily Mile track surface made of?
An all-weather running track can be made from a variety of surfaces. As a piece of equipment that is regularly used for a range of different applications, it’s important to make sure the running track surface is durable. It must be able to withstand all weather conditions and have an increased longevity.
Can schools get funding to install a track?
Since 2013, The Ministry for Education has allowed budgetary allocations for the improvements of school grounds and facilities. Primary Schools in England are entitled to receive £16,000 plus £10 per pupil (for schools with more than 17 pupils) as part of the Sports Premium Funding initiative. Schools must ensure and provide evidence that they are using the Sports Premium Funding in the most effective way. The funding must have the goal of increasing and improving sporting opportunities for children.
Other examples of how schools have sourced funding are through: fundraisers supported by their local banks or sport associations; hosting local fundraisers; or through donations from their local councils.
How can PlaySmart help your school?
PlaySmart fully support any ideas which encourage school children to get active. Our team see great value in initiatives such as the Daily Mile and Golden Mile. Installing our surfacing as tracks and pathways help keep shoes clean and reduce mess!
Our exclusive JungleMulch rubber mulch is ideal for these projects as the colourful finish holds firm under heavy footfall and is non-slip to all relevant British Standards. It can be tailored exactly to your schools’ requirements with low maintenance, high quality products being used, creating a wow factor all year round!