Simple idea to get children running for 15 minutes a day is yielding impressive results

At Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál in Inchicore, the school day doesn’t begin with spelling tests, maths tables or geography lessons.

Instead, there’s a 15-minute run around the local park and sports grounds.

By the time they come back, say teachers, the children are re-energised and have better focus and concentration.

Since the school started the “Daily Mile” last year, the improvement in students’ fitness has been striking.

Pupils across the board have greater stamina, are running faster and are performing better in other sports.

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