Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership held their 2nd Daily Mile Schools Event in Deer Park, Mount Merrion on Wednesday 25th April 2018. Similar to last year, this annual event falls during Active Schools Week, tying in nicely with activity programmes within the local schools. Over 200 students across 4 schools took to the paths of Deer Park and ran side by side with their fellow students to the finish gantry where they were awarded a medal. This however, was not the first time they have run a mile.
Since the beginning of the school year in September, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership have watched 22 schools from all around the County take to their playgrounds, fields or local parks to run a mile each day. The feedback from the schools has been astonishing since the programme was introduced in this County 2 years ago. Teachers have reported improved concentration levels, improved fitness & wellbeing, and improved rapport within the class.
Shane Mc Ardle, Coordinator, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership said “This is a simple, free but effective activity that everyone in the entire school can get involved in, even the teachers! With childhood obesity levels increasing, we here in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership would like to see this activity adopted as many schools in the County as possible. Running is the bases for all activity and the kids enjoy it. It’s a win win for everyone!”
Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership also combined the ‘Run Around Europe Challenge’ and the Daily Mile Activity in the schools. The idea is that the school or individual class runs their mile and clocks the distance that they run each day to reach a European city. They have the option to learn the geography, history or language of that city/country along the way, therefore incorporating a learning element.