Offaly schools invited to complete the GloHealth School's Mile Challenge 2016

Offaly secondary schools are part of the 15,000 students across Ireland that took part in the challenge last year

The GloHealth School’s Mile Challenge is calling on Offaly pupils to run, jog or walk a manageable one-mile distance in order to promote health and fitness through recreational participation in sport.

By Damian Moran

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The Challenge is open to secondary school students of all fitness abilities and can be organised by an individual class or across the entire school.

In 2015 an estimated 15,000 pupils all over Ireland took the GloHealth School’s Mile Challenge, which is a joint initiative between Athletics Ireland and the Irish Schools Athletic Association.

Parents, teachers and pupils are now being encouraged to support this fantastic initiative in 2016, which can be held during or after school hours on school grounds and is easy to implement. Every student who takes part has their time recorded and is awarded with a coloured wristband which represents their one mile completion time. Schools can also arrange a repeat challenge which is often the case, as they aim to improve their times and upgrade their wristbands.

Irish Schools Athletic Director Anthony White said “The GloHealth School’s Mile Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to encourage young people to get active and involved in a healthy form of exercise. The initiative is about enjoyment and participation open to all students, the main purpose is to promote running or walking as part of a balanced healthy lifestyle.”

Since the inception of the School’s Mile Challenge in 2011, its popularity has gone from strength to strength. The first year of the challenge saw 5,000 pupils across 28 schools participate. Now in its fifth year, the challenge has recorded the highest number of participants with 15,000 students across 57 schools nationwide taking part in this initiative in 2015.

Speaking about the initiative Jim Dowdall, CEO, GloHealth said “GloHealth is delighted to support the School’s Mile Challenge, as we are acutely aware of the proven relationship between participation in sport and its impact on a child’s current and future health, as well as the range of direct and indirect benefits associated with ongoing physical activity. Our partnership with Athletics Ireland demonstrates our continued commitment to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle across Ireland.  At GloHealth we also reward parents who have kids in sports clubs by giving €30 cash back on their club membership.”

If your school would like to take on the GloHealth School Mile Challenge please contact Anthony White by email:schools@athleticsireland.ie or telephone: (01) 8669933.