Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £1,001 to £5,000

Description

Wanborough Primary School PTA is seeking to raise £10,000 so an all-weather track can be installed at the school so children and the wider community can take part in the Daily Mile Challenge. To support our target we are seeking a £5,000 contribution from the Aviva Community Fund with the remaining £5,000 being matched by the PTA.

The aim of the Daily Mile is to improve the physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing of the nation’s children – regardless of age or personal circumstances. It’s social, non-competitive and fun and is fully inclusive – every child, whatever their circumstances, age or ability succeeds at The Daily Mile. It has been shown to increase children’s confidence, improve their focus and can be used to support the curriculum. We hope it’ll encourage lasting healthy habits in both the children and their families.

First introduced at St Ninian’s Primary School in Stirling in 2012 to tackle their pupil’s alarming low levels of fitness. Each class goes outside in almost all weathers, at a time of the teacher’s choosing, to run or walk outside in the fresh air for 15 minutes each day. The school reported that the results were transformational – improving not only the children’s’ fitness but also their concentration levels, mood, behaviour and general wellbeing. Early scientific studies show that the level of obesity at St Ninian’s School is now around 45% less than the national average.

A 2016 scientific study on another school which implemented ‘The Daily Mile’, Coppermill Primary School, not only reported that the children increased their fitness and felt significantly happier and better in their bodies but their grades went up remarkably against expected results. Pupils achieved up to a 25% increase in reading, writing and maths.

The success of this profoundly simple but effective concept has led to all primary schools being encouraged by health experts to take part to help tackle the nation’s alarming health and fitness issues. A study of 10,000 primary school children across the UK found that two thirds of them lacked basic fitness (Fit For Sport Ltd, May 2015) and nationally, 23% of children are considered overweight by the age of three.

Unfortunately, Wanborough’s small playground and boggy sports field means there’s little useable space to participate in The Daily Mile all-year round. Quotes show it’ll cost £10,000 to install an all-weather, accessible for all track, on the sports field. The PTA has £5,000 ready to commit to the project – we just need to raise another £5,000. Each academic year we predict the 200 pupils of Wanborough will walk or run over 35,000 miles on the new track – so in the first year each mile will cost just 30p.

The project also has the support of the wider community. The Wanborough Wasps football teams have said this would be a great addition to their training and pre-match warm-ups, whilst the Wanbourough Fun Run are looking to create a new after school running club once the track is available.

Wanborough Primary School PTA

Location: Wanborough

This project seeks to provide a safe, all-weather environment for the children and wider community of Wanborough to walk or run just one mile each day and in so doing improve their fitness, health, wellbeing and academic attainment.
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