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Enfield schools take on The Daily Mile

More and more schools in Enfield are signing up to The Daily Mile scheme which will help young people physically, socially, emotionally and support their overall wellbeing.

Eversley, Firs Farm and Honilands primary schools are the latest Enfield schools to support the programme and another six will be signing up later this month.

Supported by Enfield Council, the scheme encourages pupils to spend 15 minutes per day running or jogging and getting their hearts pumping in a bid to tackle some of the health issues in the borough. There are no set up costs, no training is required for teachers and the focus is on having fun in a non-competitive and social environment.  Enfield currently has eight schools participating in The Daily Mile.

Enfield Council’s Leader, Cllr Nesil Caliskan joined pupils at Eversley Primary School on Tuesday (12 June) to find out how they are incorporating the concept into their daily routine.

Cllr Caliskan said: “Tackling health inequality in our borough is a key priority for Enfield Council and working with our local schools is key. Such initiatives will not only help children’s health but will boost their concentration levels and mental health. It’s sociable, totally inclusive and incredibly simple. I would encourage all of Enfield’s schools to get involved and there is nothing to stop adults from getting involved too, helping us move to a healthier Enfield.”

The Daily Mile Foundation said: “It is fantastic to see Enfield Council encouraging schools to sign-up to The Daily Mile. It is this support from local councils which allows children to experience the transformational health and well-being benefits that doing The Daily Mile can provide. We look forward to supporting Enfield Council in its efforts.”

Enfield Council is also working with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation to see how the Daily Mile can be embedded into the school day. Anyone interested in getting involved can contact Enfield Council at Ailbhe.bhreathnach@enfield.gov.uk.

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