[Full article from Grimsby Telegraph]
A new mile long rainbow running track at New Waltham Academy has been created in honour of tragic pupil Jessica Bryant.
Great Britain Medalist Zac Shaw, who won gold for the 4 x 100m race at the European Para Games in Berlin this year, opened the running track at the New Waltham school, alongside her mum Kerry Bryant.
The seven-year-old passed away in February after a long battle with cancer.
The Rainbow Running Track has been created so that students will have the opportunity to run, walk or jog a mile a day, in the hopes that it will improve the health and well-being.
The rainbow starting line has been put in place to symbolise the strength and determination of young Jessica during her battle with cancer.
The Daily Mile is a campaign that encourages children to run or jog a mile a day in the fresh air with their friends, so that they get 15 minutes of intense exercise outside.
More than 2,200 schools across the UK take part in the scheme.
How the Daily Mile works:
- It takes place in 15 minutes, with most children averaging a mile, or more, each day.
- Children run outside in the fresh air – and the weather is a benefit, not a barrier.
- There’s no set up, tidy up, or equipment required.
- No staff training is needed and there is no extra workload for teachers.
- Children run in their uniforms so no kit or changing time is needed.
- It’s social, non-competitive and fun.
- The children return to class ready to learn.
- It helps to improve fitness and achieve a healthy weight.
- It encourages children to be aware of their health.
- It’s fully inclusive; every child, whatever their circumstances, age or ability, succeeds at The Daily Mile.
New Waltham Academy students have been taking part in completing a mile on Friday afternoons for the past two years. But the installation of this new running track will allow them to complete the mile everyday.
Academy head teacher Jayne Perry said: “Everyone at New Waltham Academy has been completing a mile on Friday afternoons – weather permitting, known as the Friday Mile for over two years now. In that time children and staff have been encouraged to walk, jog or run along a cycle track that runs parallel to the school field. It has always been a fully inclusive weekly routine for all.
Zacs niece Ella also goes to the school.