Children are being encouraged to stay active while at home and make up for the lack of school and club exercise through running The Daily Mile at Home.
In the 2019/2020 school year, almost 200,000 students were taking part in the Daily Mile every day with their classmates.

Given the school closures due to COVID-19, the Daily Mile at Home encourages students to engage in exercise as part of their home routines with parents and siblings encouraged to accompany them.

SPAR Ambassador and Irish international athlete, Rhasidat Adeleke was speaking to media yesterday to add to the promotion of the activity.

Adeleke is one of Ireland’s brightest sprinting prospects and was due to sit her Leaving Certificate exams this year with the aim of securing a scholarship to a university in the United States.

In 2019, she won double gold at the European Youth Olympic Festival.

SPAR has been a long-term supporter of athletics internationally and has been proud to promote athletics in Ireland through the Daily Mile, 2019’s SPAR Cross Country Xperience and other initiatives.

“Our local community-based retailers are committed to providing our customers with the best of options under the tree and to promoting exercise and healthy eating through our SPAR Better Choices range, especially during these extraordinary times and it is important to continue to promote that message,” said SPAR Sales Director Colin Donnelly.

“The Daily Mile is an incredible initiative for school children around the country and, as a SPAR ambassador, one that I’m very proud to be involved with,” added Adeleke.

“In times like these, it’s especially important to stay physically and mentally fit so get out and complete your Daily Mile at Home.”

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