Rottingdean primary school looking for support to help transform part of boggy sports field.
St Margaret's CE Primary School: We would like to install a Daily Mile track in our playground for all our children to use. We passionately believe in the health and well being of all our children and we want to give them the very best chances to be healthy and active individuals.
Currently we have a field that much of the year is waterlogged and unable to be used by the children, so our project is to install an astro track around the field that can be used every day, whatever the weather.
We believe a Daily Mile track and a new ethos in the school of running a mile a day for all our children will improve the mental, physical and emotional well being of all our children.
Many schools have started to implement the Run a Mile initiative and it has been proven to help all children eat and sleep better and for some families the children can be healthy ambassadors for change for the whole family.
The daily mile track will enable children to run or jog at their own pace for a mile a day. It is not about being the best or being competitive but about raising aspirations for all children - to show that everyone can do this, every day all year round! The research undertaken on the impact of the Daily Mile initiative shows that it improves focus in the classroom, which has also had a positive impact on raising attainment levels in school and it also reduces levels of childhood obesity, which is a nationwide problem and part of a government wide strategy for reduction.
We also believe that it is a way of boosting social interaction between all the children, everyone can take part and enjoy this activity and feel the benefits of it.
Even if children cannot run or jog to start with it has been proven that within 4 weeks most children can and this level of fitness can often be kept up for months or years to come.
One reason exercise is considered so important for children is that it helps establish lifelong habits. We believe that being active every day will improve fitness, concentration levels, mood, behaviour, reduce anxiety and improve general well-being.
Once the Daily Mile track has been installed at the school the activity can begin without training and it is free. We don't want it to replace PE or other sporting activities but rather for it to become part of our children's every day routine. We want them to understand the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle and for every child to feel good about themselves.
As a school we currently do not have the extra funding to pay for an initiative such as this. We believe it is such a worthwhile and important project for all our children and the funding from Aviva would make a huge difference to the health and well being of all our children and the impact would be felt across our whole community.
We believe you should vote for our project as we believe all children deserve the best chances to be healthy and active for life!