The Daily Mile is a fun, free, global initiative which sees schoolchildren run or jog, at their own pace, for 15 minutes a day to improve their physical, social, emotional and mental health. Developed by a former headteacher, The Daily Mile is designed to fit seamlessly in to the school day, with no need to get changed as children run in their normal school attire.

Research shows that regular physical activity, like The Daily Mile, also helps our children to learn by improving attention span (Postal, 2014), improving memory and concentration (Peipmeier & Etnier, 2015) and increasing their learning capacity (Chaddock, 2010). All of this, and it is completely free!

With so many benefits associated with The Daily Mile, Sport England are now funding 13 Local Coordinators for The Daily Mile initiative across the country, and Kent are one of the lucky 13.

Kent’s Local Coordinator, Mel Harding, is hosted by Kent Sport and comes to the role having previously worked for the team on the Kent School Games programme. If you are interested in finding out more about The Daily Mile or would like help launching The Daily Mile in your school, please contact mel.harding@kent.gov.uk.