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It's miles better in Dallas!

By SPP Reporter

LOCAL villagers are striding ahead with their own version of a national initiative.

Runners line up for the start of the Sport Relief community mile in Dallas.
Runners line up for the start of the Sport Relief community mile in Dallas.

Dallas Primary School launched the Community Mile in January and family members of all ages joined a pupil-led Sport Relief event on Friday, March 18 to raise money and celebrate how far they have walked so far.

“Our Sport Relief event encouraged even more folk to join us regularly on our daily mile,” said acting head teacher Mairi Grant. 

“It’s fantastic to see parents, grandparents, younger siblings and community members, some with no connection to school, join us each day for it.

“Many school all over the country have been participating in the Daily Mile scheme but we believe we’re the first to start a daily community mile!”

Active Schools launched the Daily Mile in Moray last year encouraging Forres ASG primary pupils to spend 15 minutes walking or running the distance around their schools as part of the daily routine.

Coordinator Paul Rogan joined the Dallas community on a mile last week.

“It’s such a small community so getting everyone to join in is great,” he said. “There are new faces everyday and everyone is getting fit together.

“The community mile is unique to Dallas as far as I know but most of the Forres ASG schools are taking part in the scheme in one form or another.”

The Scottish Government got in-touch with the school to congratulate staff and pupils on their original idea of involving the community.

“We know physical activity improves the health and wellbeing of children and in turn, can improve their performance in the classroom,” said a Government spokesperson.

“Initiatives like the Community Mile are simple and effective, and their success can encourage other schools to consider implementing the same or similar schemes.

“By opening out their run to involve people outside the school the pupils of Dallas Primary are setting an excellent example and spreading the message about how good exercise is for people of all ages.”

All of Ms Grant’s pupils and staff have improved their fitness and motivation since the New Year.

“We have a number of pupils who hated running,” she said. “They are now entering cross country competitions!

“Pupils find the mile breaks up their morning and boosts their energy for the maths and numeracy learning that follows.”

The school used Sport Relief as an opportunity to celebrate the community’s achievements.

Sport Relief is a biennial charity event which brings together the worlds of sport and entertainment to raise money to help vulnerable people in the UK and the world’s poorest countries.

At the heart of the campaign is the Sport Relief Mile which involves members of the public doing their bit for charity.

More than £250 was raised in Dallas by the villagers.

“That’s an amazing figure considering we only have 17 families,” said Ms Grant.

“67 runners/walkers registered to run the mile carefully measured out by our P7s Rachel Mitchell and Kayla McCallum. Some of our P4-7 girls led an aerobic warm up to music before everyone started.

“Afterwards, we had more pupils leading cool down stations and a barbeque with burgers from Macbeth’s and Sainsbury’s rolls.”

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