Lordsgate Primary school are very grateful to National Lottery Funding plus additional funds from the PTFA , the Burscough Community Lottery and the governments 'School Sports Grant' for our new 'Daily Mile Track'. The Daily Mile is an initiative which was started in February 2012 by the headteacher of a large Scottish primary school who was concerned by the children’s obvious lack of fitness and went on to prove The Daily Mile to be both sustainable and effective in combatting inactivity and obesity in her school. The result was that, in November 2015, the Scottish Government wrote to every Scottish primary school to recommend that they implement the scheme too. In addition, in August 2016 the UK government’s Childhood Obesity strategy identified and supported The Daily Mile’s contribution towards the recommended hour that children should spend taking daily exercise in school. The Daily Mile is very simple; every child in school goes out each day in the fresh air to run or jog at their own pace for 15 minutes. It is not competitive but physical activity in a social setting which is aimed at improving the children’s physical, social, emotional and mental health, and wellbeing. It can help children to focus and concentrate in the classroom and raise their attainment. And most importantly, the children really enjoy it.
On completion of track Lordsgate launched a 12K's of Christmas Initiative to get parents, children and the community involved. Between the 5th December and 20th December the track was open to children, their parents and the staff to complete one kilometer a day. By the end of this period we had 110 children taking part sometimes turning out in pretty poor weather conditions!! Children were rewarded for completing the twelve days consecutively—a great achievement. On the last day Mrs Levenson our school cook provided all the children with hot chocolate and a healthy biscuit!! We would like to thank everyone who took part including parents and family members and for making this initiative a great success. As the new year begins we will continue to implement the Daily Mile initiative to continue supporting children's health and wellbeing.