The Daily Mile, supported by INEOS, has entered an exciting new partnership with the athletics governing body in Northern Ireland, Athletics Northern Ireland – as well as UK Athletics, England Athletics, Scottish Athletics and Welsh Athletics. These partnerships emphasise a shared commitment from the organisations across the UK, helping to demonstrate the importance that physical activity plays in the physical and mental health and wellbeing of children and young people.
The partnership with Athletics Northern Ireland will be launched on Thursday 23rd September, in a celebration between the two organisations. The union will help bring ambassadors together, from Olympic and Paralympic athletes to key people from the athletics community – inspiring both young people and teachers to get involved and become a part of The Daily Mile community.
Elaine Wyllie MBE, founder of The Daily Mile has commented, ‘I’m delighted that we will be working together with UKA and the Home Nations. This is an exciting new partnership for The Daily Mile working with leading governing bodies to promote the physical and mental health benefits of The Daily Mile. I am particularly excited about a focus on inclusion and ensuring children with a disability are provided with the opportunity to participate. It is important to me that irrespective of age, ability or background The Daily Mile is accessible to all and is fun for all. This partnership will help us deliver this ambition.’
Sport and physical activity have an important role to play when discussing mental and physical wellbeing, both which have suffered immensely during the last 18 months. As the country continues to respond to the challenges and effects of the pandemic, and it’s crucial to appreciate the role of this in the long-term recovery of the virus.
Fergus Cooper, CEO of Athletics NI said, “There can be no more important goal than the health and wellbeing of our children. Athletics NI is delighted to join with others across the UK in launching and supporting The Daily Mile initiative. Locally we are working with a range of partners and 393 schools took part in our inaugural event in May 2021.”
Collaborative working is at the forefront of this partnership between The Daily Mile and Athletics Northern Ireland. The bringing together of these teams will result in a greater focus on physical activity and sport, as part of a national initiative towards positive health and wellbeing for primary aged children.
Inclusivity and accessibility has always been at the heart of The Daily Mile – getting young people involved regardless of ability. The Daily Mile and Athletics Northern Ireland are committed to supporting schools and teachers in providing opportunities for children with a disability to participate, so ensure they’re able to enjoy all of the benefits of physical activity. The focus is always on the child’s ability, and appropriate adjustments or modifications can be made to ensure a positive experience.
For more information on The Daily Mile and this partnership, please visit: www.thedailymile.co.uk