Burnley school starts mile-a-day fitness regime

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St Joseph's Park Hill School pupils during their exercise for a a mile a day fitness regime
Photo Neil Cross St Joseph's Park Hill School pupils during their exercise for a a mile a day fitness regime

Pupils at St Joseph’s Park Hill Primary School are clocking up the miles thanks to their new fitness regime.

The school has decided to introduce a mile-a-day run, walk or toddle for all the staff and pupils, from nursery to primary level, as they look to increase concentration and their stamina.

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St Joseph's Park Hill School pupils during their exercise for a a mile a day fitness regime

Photo Neil Cross St Joseph's Park Hill School pupils during their exercise for a a mile a day fitness regime

It takes around 15 minutes every day and means they are doing 23 laps of their playground.

“It was an initiative started in Scotland which one of our teachers read about,” said headteacher Annette Robinson.

“It said walking a mile a day increased concentration levels and, even though we have children skilled in sport, stamina can be an issue.

“We decided for around 15 minutes every day, staff, teachers and pupils would down tools and cover a mile, if they can. Some pupils run it, while some are working up to completing it but we have found it does help concentration.

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St Joseph's Park Hill School pupils during their exercise for a a mile a day fitness regime

Photo Neil Cross St Joseph's Park Hill School pupils during their exercise for a a mile a day fitness regime

“The children come back into school with pink cheeks, slightly out of breath and refreshed.

“The staff are also enthusiastic as they say it keeps them fit as well as giving them time to actually chat to the children. Strict curriculums and timetables means there is not always time to do this but that 15 minutes is spent chatting and improving fitness levels. We have only been doing it since February but we have noticed a difference.”

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St Joseph's Park Hill School pupils during their exercise for a a mile a day fitness regime

Photo Neil Cross St Joseph's Park Hill School pupils during their exercise for a a mile a day fitness regime

Photo Neil Cross
St Joseph's Park Hill School pupils during their exercise for a a mile a day fitness regime

Photo Neil Cross St Joseph's Park Hill School pupils during their exercise for a a mile a day fitness regime