- Youngsters from 21 city-centre primary schools took part in the Daily Mile at King Power Stadium on Wednesday
- Children ran or jogged for 15 minutes around the perimeter of the pitch as part of the day’s activities
- The Daily Mile aims to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health of school pupils
The Daily Mile – an initiative founded by former Head Teacher Elaine Wyllie – sees children run or jog for 15 minutes every day at school and aims to improve their physical, social, emotional and mental health, regardless of age or circumstances.
Youngsters from 21 city-centre schools were joined by Filbert Fox, mascots from Leicester Tigers, Leicester Riders and Leicestershire County Cricket Club, boxer Paige Murney and shot putt athlete Eden Francis for a run around the perimeter of the pitch at King Power Stadium.
Only three schools across Leicester were involved in the Daily Mile at the start of 2018, now 48 schools participate in the international initiative.
Elaine said: “I’m so proud of Leicester City for playing a leading role in helping to get children from the area fit and healthy. I was so excited to be at the event and to see so many children running around the pitch - it was absolutely wonderful.
“What was so nice to see was that everyone was in it together, loads of pupils and staff from different schools having a great time at King Power Stadium.”
The fact that nearly 50 city schools now take part in the Daily Mile is a real achievement for Leicester and a testament to our city-wide commitment to improving children’s health. Our vision is to have all city primary schools participating.Cllr Adam Clarke
After completing the Daily Mile, children then had the chance to take part in various sporting activities with the city’s sports clubs on the pitch at King Power Stadium.
Deputy city Mayor, Cllr Adam Clarke, added: “The fact that nearly 50 city schools now take part in the Daily Mile is a real achievement for Leicester and a testament to our city-wide commitment to improving children’s health. Our vision is to have all city primary schools participating.”
For more information about the Daily Mile, please click HERE.
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