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Neston Pupils Smile for a Mile

Published: 2nd October 2017 09:55

Pupils and staff at Neston Primary School took their first steps to fitness when they launched their ‘Smile for a Mile' project recently.

The children enjoyed the school launch day thanks to Active Cheshire and Cheshire West and Chester Council, Councillor Louise Gittins and ‘Active Archie'.

Smile for a Mile at Neston Primary SchoolActive Cheshire Staff Elly Glithero, Duncan Setterington, Councillor Louise Gittins, 'Active Archie' and pupils.

‘Smile for a Mile' was created to persuade primary schools across the UK to incorporate a daily one mile run or walk into their timetables, to improve children's health. Cheshire West & Chester Council is encouraging all primary schools across the borough to sign up.

Neston Primary School has taken up the daily challenge, putting their own spin on the pioneering scheme and urging others to follow suit.

Smile for a Mile at Neston Primary School

PE Leader Sarah Whitley said: "It adds to the school's values and we believe it helps fitness and well-being, as well as pupils' energy levels during lessons.

"It is not only about competing against each other, but yourself, as you try to reach a goal. It also helps teach children about resilience; to keep going even when it is tough."

Smile for a Mile at Neston Primary School

Smile for a Mile has been credited with improving children's focus, behaviour and attainment, reducing obesity levels and helping mental health issues.

Year 6 pupil Ben said: "I think all schools should take part. It will help to keep us fit."

Smile for a Mile at Neston Primary School

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