The Daily Mile was first developed by Elaine Wyllie MBE when she was Headteacher of St Ninian’s Primary School in Stirling, in February 2012. Since then, The Daily Mile has grown globally with over 3 million children in 13,000+ schools and nurseries getting active every day across 86 countries.
The aim of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health, and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances. Children are encouraged to run, jog, wheel or walk outside for 15 minutes every day, at whatever pace suits the child best. It gets children active with their friends and teachers and refreshed for further learning. The Daily Mile is social, non-competitive, fun and fully-inclusive!
The initiative is a profoundly simple but effective concept, which any school can implement completely free of charge and without the need for staff training or equipment. Its impact can be transformational – improving not only the children’s fitness, but also their attainment, mood, behaviour and general wellbeing. The Daily Mile is not sport or PE, but health and wellbeing through daily physical activity.