This term, and in conjunction with Premier Education, we are proud to have introduced 'The Golden Mile' into Meopham Community Academy. This government-backed national scheme sets out to encourage pupils to walk, jog or run 50 miles during the school year
What is the Golden Mile?
- Golden Mile is the easiest & most effective Health & Fitness activity for school children in the UK, encouraging pupils to walk, jog or run 50 miles during the school year.
- Taking place within the safety of the school gates, Golden Mile operates all year round so it is not a ‘one-off’ scheme which is forgotten about as soon as it finishes.
- Suitable for children of all abilities, the secure website records the progress of each child, so children can demonstrate progress through charts week on week or year on year.
The Golden Mile scheme is Government-backed and it meets recently published Government guidance on physical activity for children.
- All children should engage in moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity for at least 60 minutes and up to several hours every day.
- Vigorous intensity activities, including those that strengthen muscle and bone, should be incorporated at least three days a week.
- All children should minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods. By the time children start school, however, they are mentally-ready to benefit from more intensive activity, over shorter periods, so a daily minimum of 60 minutes of moderate intensity activity is recommended.
Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend that primary school children undertake at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day in school.
The Golden Mile is all about rewarding personal achievement and encouraging pupils to partake in daily physical activity.
The scheme endorses, and backs, the Government's statement on competition in schools. Healthy competition focuses on doing one’s best, having fun, and learning skills. It promotes teamwork and positive participation. Those who give a strong effort and strive to improve themselves usually advance. If learning or improving is the goal, children always reach it. If they are happy to win, it’s the icing on the cake!
To read more about how the Golden Mile competition structure works, please follow this link:
Running or walking regularly is not only good for children’s health, it gives them more energy throughout the day and can inspire more to take up sport for life. If children learn to love being active as they grow up then they’re also more likely to take those good habits through to adulthood. My congratulations to the Golden Mile initiative
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Ben Bradshaw