No ifs, no Butts – local children get their running shoes on

No ifs, no Butts – local children get their running shoes on

Butts Primary School in Walsall was delighted to welcome former world champion and Olympian discus thrower Kevin Brown to the school on Thursday 6 July, to kick-start their ‘Mile a Day’ initiative.

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Butts Primary School in Walsall was delighted to welcome former world champion and Olympian discus thrower Kevin Brown to the school on Thursday 6 July, to kick-start their ‘Mile a Day’ initiative.

The whole school community – teachers, governors, pupils and parents – are behind the initiative, which aims to keep the children healthy and motivated to learn. A route has been carefully marked out around the play ground and playing field, with signs showing the children how far they’ve run along the route.

The beauty of ‘Mile a Day’ is that no special equipment or clothing is necessary and it can take place at any time of the day – at lunchtime, or even during a lesson if the children’s attention is wavering.

Councillor Aftab Nawaz, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services and Education said:

“Mile a Day is a fantastic initiative and I’m really pleased that it will be rolling out to a number of other Walsall schools in September.”

Headteacher Angela Hill said:

“We were inspired by St Ninian’s Primary School in Stirling, Scotland which was the first school to do this. The children have been really excited seeing the route being marked out and waiting for it to start.”

“Obviously it has to be a good thing in terms of guarding against childhood obesity, but I’m sure it will be beneficial in a whole host of ways.”