- Date and Time
- 7th September 2016, 09:00 - 16:30
- The event has passed
The NCSEM hosted a one-day symposium in September 2016 drawing on the growing interest and exposure of running programmes in schools in the UK.
The event brought together key stakeholders from across sport, health, education and academia to share collective knowledge about the implementation of running programmes in schools and look at what is required to make these initiatives a success.
The day looked at some of the more well-known UK school-based running programmes such as The Daily Mile and Marathon Kids, as well as the role technology could play and the link between running and cognition and measuring physical fitness.
Areas where more knowledge is required were identified and highlighted in the symposium report that will guide future research. Key next steps include understanding how best to implement the programmes in schools, developing a consistent message about school-based running programmes that can be shared with schools and communities, and establishing best practice for monitoring participation.
Overviews from current school-based running programmes
On your marks, get set, go!
- How to engage with universities Martine Verweij, Kids Run Free
- How to engage with the government, schools, pupils and parents Elaine Wyllie, The Daily Mile
- What do schools want from a school-based running programme? James Brown, Affinity Schools Teaching Alliance
The use of technology in running programmes
- Making the laps count – Technological innovations for monitoring school running programmes Dr Ash Routen, Loughborough University
- How alternate strategies can be used to enhance running programmes in schools Dr William Bird MBE, Intelligent Health
- The Move More Schoolyard Challenge: Bringing physical activity data into lessons Professor Rob Copeland, Sheffield Hallam University
Research and running programmes
- A retrospective evaluation of the implementation of Kids’ Marathon Anna Chalkley, Loughborough University
- The role of fitness testing in the evaluation of primary school running programmes Professor Stuart Fairclough, Edge Hill University
- Sprint-based exercise and cognitive function in young people Dr Simon Cooper, Nottingham Trent University.