12th February 2019
Wesport receive funding for the expansion of The Daily Mile™
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Wesport receive funding for the expansion of The Daily Mile

Sport England have recently announced they have committed £1.5 million of National Lottery funding to enable 12 CSPs in supporting the expansion of The Daily Mile, the ground-breaking fitness initiative that aims to get children fit for life.

In December 2018, Sport England published their first Active Lives Children and Young People survey data, which showed that more than 2.3 million children do fewer than 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

Sport England's new partnership with The Daily Mile will fund the recruitment of thirteen Coordinators, based in CSPs, to support and encourage more schools in England to sign up – with a vision of helping all 20,000 primary schools in the country to take part in daily physical activity.

Lee Mason, Chief Executive of the CSP Network says

“We are delighted to be supporting Sport England and The Daily Mile Foundation with this fantastic initiative with 12 CSPs hosting The Daily Mile Coordinators and helping support schools to make it a regular feature of school life and improve the health of thousands of young people”

Founded by former headteacher Elaine Wyllie in 2012, The Daily Mile currently helps more than 3,500 English schools reach their daily activity target.

The concept is simple, with classes heading outside to jog or run around the school grounds every day, rain or shine, at whatever pace suits the child best. Through getting schoolchildren to jog or run for 15 minutes every day, The Daily Mile has been proven to significantly improve fitness levels and has been linked to increased attainment in the classroom.