Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. Available to every primary school in England and Wales, it inspires girls and boys aged 5-11 in the classroom, the playground and on the sports field.
Tom Norton, who is our Senior Premier League Primary Stars Head Coach, delivers our flagship programme at Crabtree Farm Primary School every week. Tom is now involved in helping run the Daily Mile at lunchtime. The Daily Mile is a initiative put in place in over 3,000 schools in England alone. It is a social physical activity, that involves children running or jogging at their own pace – in the fresh air with their friends. The aim is for children to run or jog for 15 minutes however, they are able occasionally walk to catch their breath if needed.
The Daily Mile UK states the following benefits for children who participate;
- Children run outside in the fresh air – and the weather is a benefit not a barrier
- It’s social, non-competitive and fun
- It helps improve fitness and achieve a healthy weight
- It’s fully inclusive; every child, whatever their circumstances, age or ability, succeeds at The Daily Mile.
Tom explained "The 15 minute mile is a great way to get all the children moving and active, and Crabtree Farm do an amazing job getting midday and other staff members involved. Whether it's joining in, giving encouragement from the side, playing the motivational music or rewarding the children with stickers for completing the mile. You can really see the impact it has on the children, as when they get back into the classroom they are ready and focused for their afternoon lessons, plus it is great for the children's fitness and health."
The Daily Mile is an innovative way to make exercise more fun for children. All of the pupils we spoke to at the school yesterday expressed their sheer excitement and love for it, Callum a pupil at Crabtree Farm said “I really enjoy doing the daily mile, I love getting the exercise and it definitely calms me down for the classroom after!”
We also spoke to the Middle School Phase and PE Subject Leader at Crabtree Farm, Katherine Marshall. She said “All the Key Stage Two children are encouraged to take part in the ‘Daily Mile’ for 15 minutes. Some choose to walk but most of the children now run- this has increased since we introduced the Mile, which is great.”
Katherine Marshall explained how it has helped to increase the amount of exercise the pupils do. “Before we started running the Mile, we found that not all children were taking part in daily physical activity, so we decided to introduce the daily Mile at lunchtimes. At first, the children found it hard to challenge themselves physically but the more they have practiced, the better they have become with some children running for the full 15 minutes. The Mile has engaged the children and encouraged them to exercise daily with their friends. As a result, the children’s fitness has improved and the teachers and midday supervisors have seen an improvement in behaviour both at lunchtimes and in the afternoon.”
To find out more about our Premier League Primary Stars programme click here