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Corks Daily Mile

Monday 27 May 2019

Rebel Kids Run with Rob

Over 350 children from 9 Cork Primary Schools took part in the Cork Daily Mile celebration with Athletics Ireland and Cork Sports Partnership in the Japanese Gardens Douglas on Thursday last.

The event was organised to celebrate Cork’s involvement in the Daily Mile initiative which aims to promote 15 minutes of activity every day in primary schools throughout Ireland. To date, 80 Cork Primary Schools have signed up to take part in the movement.

Speaking at the event, Maurice O Sullivan, Sport and Marketing Manager for Cork Sports Partnership said “We are delighted to welcome so many children, teachers and parents to today’s Cork Daily Mile celebration”. He added “We are delighted to work with Athletics Ireland to promote this initiative and encourage more Cork Schools to sign up to this movement and keep our kids active and moving.”

The event was officially opened by Irish Olympic Bronze medal winner and Cork legend, Rob Heffernan who spoke to all present about the role exercise plays in your health. “Regardless of whether you are into sport or not it is so important that you exercise every single day” said Rob. When you are exercising especially as you get older, it is good for your health, your heart, your blood pressure, your brain and I think it is brilliant that the schools that are here are pushing this because as teachers and as parents  you have such a massive influence on the future of our Country”.

Frank Greally, Ambassador for the Daily Mile in Ireland thanked all partners involved in making the Daily Mile possible "We are delighted with the joint association of Athletics Ireland and Cork Sports Partnership. Together we are driving the daily mile here in Cork. He added “Cork is leading the way in terms of schools here in Ireland, so well done to everyone involved".

Following formalities, all present commenced their looped mile around the Japanese Gardens in Douglas in the company of Rob to mark the occasion.

The overall aim of The Daily Mile is to improve the physical, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age, ability or personal circumstances. The Daily Mile has now reached 65 countries making a global success.

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