Schools encouraged to go the extra mile in lockdown competition

Daily Mile

Schoolchildren in Sunderland are being supported and encouraged to become active whilst at school during the second national lockdown.

The active partnership for Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, Rise, is working with Sunderland-based Together For Children to launch #TheDailyMileSunderland, a competition which will see primary schools and nurseries in Sunderland win one of six prizes worth a combined total of £2,500 to spend on sport and activity equipment.

The competition, which will be run on Rise’s Twitter page using the hashtag ‘#TheDailyMileSunderland’, requires schools in the city with pupils aged 3-11 years old to tweet pictures or videos of them taking part in The Daily Mile, throughout November and December.

Gary Young, Daily Mile Coordinator at Rise, said: “Since schools returned following the initial lockdown in the spring, it’s clear that most children have been happy to get back and were eager to see their friends and teachers again. However, many will have returned with poorer physical and mental health than before lockdown.

“We’re looking forward to seeing our Sunderland primary schools and nurseries efforts in getting the children moving again, and we’re excited to be giving them the chance to win something that will really benefit their pupils’ physical and mental health.”

The Daily Mile is just 15 minutes of running every day. Taking part in The Daily Mile helps schools to rebuild their children’s fitness and improve their emotional and mental health – all whilst being outside in the fresh air and sticking to social distancing guidelines. It costs nothing and there is no extra workload for staff. Children and their teachers can both enjoy being outside together, taking a short break from the classroom before learning resumes.

Jamie Scott, Project Manager at Together For Children, said: “Daily physical activity has many benefits, including improved mental health, which has never been more important than it is now with the impending second national lockdown. Exercise is proven to increase engagement and attainment in the classroom and joining in with The Daily Mile enables children to take part in regular physical activity in a safe and positive environment.

“Thanks to our partnership with Rise on #TheDailyMileSunderland, we’re able to support the nurseries and primary schools of Sunderland in looking after the physical and mental wellbeing of children across the city.”

For more information on #TheDailyMileSunderland, and for full competition rules, terms and conditions, visit Or if you work in a school and would like to know about how you can get involved with The Daily Mile, contact


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