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Old Spot's Trail

Are you ready for the 2018 Daily Mile challenge?

​Old Spot is back! This year our piggy friend wants you to explore the Great British Isles.

Will you take on the challenge? Every class, from every school, in the county is challenged to take on Old Spot. Track your daily miles to take you from TopToTail – the distance  from John O’Groats to Lands End – that’s an amazing 874 miles!

When will you need to complete this challenge? The challenge runs from the 19th of March to the 22nd of June 2018.

Click here to visit the website and sign up to make sure you receive your daily miles pack before the 12th of March! Packs to be sent week commencing 26th of February.

 The Daily Mile™ initiative                                                   

Thanks to funding from the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), primary schools across the county are being encouraged to improve the fitness, health and wellbeing of their pupils through The Daily Mile™ initiative.

It’s a profoundly simple, free programme that gets children walking, jogging or running for 15 minutes each day.

The Daily Mile is easy to implement and is great fun for both pupils and teachers with over 2,000 pupils in Gloucestershire already taking part! Teachers report that children concentrate better in class and come back from their Daily Mile refreshed and ready to learn, whilst parents comment that their children are eating and sleeping better.

To encourage more schools to get involved in The Daily Mile, Active Gloucestershire has launched “Old Spot’s European Trot” to all 246 primary schools in Gloucestershire. This is a fun, free, easy to use and sustainable challenge involving the whole school during the summer term.

You can download your sign up form and all supportive information by clicking the downloadable links on the left hand side of this page, or simply email our Head of Education, Tom Hall for more information.

To see how Churchdown Village Junior School, Gloucestershire has seen whole school benefit from The Daily Mile initiative watch here.

Dr Seymour, Clinical Chair at NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said:

“The Daily Mile is a great initiative, and I wholeheartedly encourage primary schools to participate. Running or walking a mile each day not only offers physical and mental health benefits, but is also great fun for both children and teachers. Children’s lifestyles have become increasingly sedentary in recent years, and this takes its toll on their physical and mental wellbeing. The Daily Mile is a simple, accessible and enjoyable initiative which provides massive public health benefits and protects the future health of the county’s young people. We are pleased to be working with health partners to introduce this initiative across Gloucestershire.”

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