The Development Squad duo were supporting Daily Mile activities at the school as part of EFL Youth Development Week.
- Development Squad players opened new running track this morning.
- Pair spoke to pupils about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
- Daily Mile improves children's physical, social and emotional wellbeing.
A new £17,000 Daily Mile track at Millbrook Primary School in Shevington was officially opened by Wigan Athletic Development Squad players Olly Crankshaw and Ryan Galvin on Friday morning.
The track, partly funded by the school’s sport funding, was supported by the Latics pair as part of EFL Youth Development Week, which gives EFL clubs around the country the opportunity to showcase the achievements, efforts and work of their young burgeoning talent.
The duo took part in an assembly with the school’s children and answered questions about living a healthy lifestyle before taking part in Daily Mile activities on the new track.
The Daily Mile is a social physical activity that sees primary school children run or jog 15 minutes a day at their own pace, aiming to improve their physical, social, emotional and mental health.
Olly said: “It was great to be involved in the event and to meet everyone here at the school. You could see just how much this new track means to the children, teachers and parents, and it’s really good that the pupils will have a designated area at school to be able to keep fit and healthy.
He added: “The fact the children are being taught the importance of living a healthy life at an early age will only benefit them as they get older. We spoke to them about the foods we eat and the drinks we need to stay fit as footballers so hopefully they’ll have taken something away from it.”
Pioneered across Wigan Borough by Inspiring healthy lifestyles and Wigan Council, Latics defenders Cedric Kipre and Chey Dunkley supported the Daily Mile at Woodfield Primary School earlier this season, with coaches from Wigan Athletic Community Trust working with more than 10 primary schools to help deliver the initiative.
Cath Stevens, Head Teacher at Millbrook Primary School, said: “When I first came to the school I realised straight away that the footprint of it is very small for the number of children we have, and because of the weather in the area it meant a lot of the time that our outdoor space was unusable due to wet and muddy pitches, so we decided that we’d like to provide something for the children.
She added: “The Daily Mile was something a lot of schools in the area were doing so we looked at it ourselves because the children were very keen on it. I must say that it’s been an absolutely amazing success and the pupils love it because it means they can get out there and exercise every single day. It’s having a big impact on their physical and mental wellbeing.”
For more information about Wigan Athletic Community Trust’s involvement in the Daily Mile, please email Gareth Nolan on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01942 318090.