The Mile Challenge

Ballyroan Boys School is renowned for it’s sporting endevours and the DAILY MILE is our latest project.

The Daily Mile was started by Elaine Wyllie, Head Teacher of a large Scottish primary school, in 2012.  Elaine started this initiative when she noticed that many children in her classroom were very unfit.  She started by asking the children to run around the school pitch.  By halfway most were exhausted, however once they did it daily the children’s fitness levels improved and they increased it to the daily mile.  Since then it has been introduced into over 1,000 schools in the UK.  So now as part of a South Dublin Co. Council initiative Ballyroan BNS are introducing it in the school.

It is very simple and easy and starts with  everyone going out each day to run, jog or walk for 15 minutes.  It is not competitive but rather a physical activity which is aimed at improving the children’s physical, social, emotional and mental health and well being.  Most boys average a mile with some doing more and some doing less benefiting both students and staff.  By implementing the Daily Mile challenge we are hoping to further improve the healthy environment in our school.