13.8 C
Harrow on the Hill
Monday, May 27, 2024
HomeEducationTeam GB star visits school in Harrow to open Daily Mile track

Team GB star visits school in Harrow to open Daily Mile track

Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, a British sprinter and two-time Olympian, rvisited Whitefriars School in Harrow last month to open a new Daily Mile track.

The Daily Mile encourages children to engage in physical activities like running, jogging, and wheeling for 15 minutes daily in an outdoor setting.

Mitchell-Blake, who has competed in the 2016 Rio and 2020 Tokyo Olympics, shared his experiences and stressed the importance of staying active from a young age. The Daily Mile aims to establish a routine of fitness among children, which they can carry out at their own pace.

Thirteen schools in Harrow now have a Daily Mile track to encourage physical activity among students.

During its official unveiling on March 15 at Whitefriars, Nethaneel spoke to over 600 pupils about the importance of staying active, participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony with two student athletes, Lewis and Amelia, and led a lap around the new track.

Carole Furlong, Director of Public Health at the London Borough of Harrow said:  “It is great to see how successful the Daily Mile is in Harrow. So many schools are taking this up to improve physical activity.

“It brings many benefits to both pupils and the school. It was a bonus to have an Olympian visit the borough as Whitefriars have theirs installed. We hope it inspired young people to be active and live happier and heathier lives.”

Mr Vekaria, Headteacher of Whitefriars School said: “I was overwhelmed with the Daily Mile opening ceremony. All our children learnt so much and I know the positive impact the Daily Mile is having on our children’s physical and mental health.

“It is a privilege to have a high calibre Olympic Athlete visit our school. We are grateful for this initiative not just in our school, but across Harrow to improve the wellbeing of all our children in the community.”