The Daily Mile and Daily Mile tracks are becoming increasingly popular within Primary schools across the UK. A mile a day track is an excellent all-weather solution to ensure pupils can participate in the daily mile all year round. Within this article I am going to cover: Daily Mile track cost, Daily mile track funding sources, Daily mile track surfacing options and considerations when choosing your track.
How Much Does A Daily Mile Track Cost?
When costing a track there are a vast array of variables that can influence cost, these include-
1. Current drainage situation: If your school field suffers from poor drainage and regularly floods its important to have the right drainage installed alongside the track. Otherwise, you could spend thousands of pounds of your Sports premium funding on an all weather track that really wont be all weather at all.
2. Access: How easy is it to access the proposed track site? Can vehicles get alongside it to drop aggregates, materials and can you get a digger and dumper in there? If access is poor its likely that your quotation will be higher as an installation team will spend a long amount of time moving aggregates and materials.
3. Surfacing: Mile a day tracks can be installed in multiple surfaces including rubber mulch, wet pour and artificial grass, But I will move onto that element further down the guide.
4. Size: When choosing your track, the biggest influence on cost is size, and when I say size I don’t just mean the length of the track, the width is equally as important. Usually on a Mile a day track there’s a fixed entry and exit point, this makes it difficult to reduce the size to suit a budget But depending on how many children will be using the track at once you can in fact reduce the width.
In actual fact it becomes impossible to have a “one size fits all” approach to pricing on an all weather track because there’s so many mitigating factors. If I had to put a number on the average cost of a daily mile track, It would definitely be somewhere in the region of £15,000-£20,000. Wow, Right? Who knew a running track could cost that much? But as will you read further down this guide, If installed correctly, there is a lot of work that goes into making the prefect daily mile track.
Where can I get Daily Mile track Funding?
So, following on nicely from the cost, I can now talk in further detail about sourcing funding for a daily mile track. There are multiple options when it comes to funding for primary schools, but with that funding comes a big list of criteria you must meet to be eligible. Different schools are eligible for different funding. If you decided to open your track up for community use on a sports day for example, that would open more primary school funding options for you. Funding is a spider web of its own so if you are looking for support with funding, then please reach out to us today.
What are the daily mile track surfacing options?
Artificial grass– Artificial Grass or artificial turf daily mile tracks are very popular. They come in 13 different color choices and you can use a combination of colors. They can be installed onto a field buy installing a subbase or they can be fixed securely down to your playground tarmac to create a colorful affect. If you’re looking for a surface that can blend seamlessly into the natural environment, they a green artificial grass daily mile track might be for you.
Rubber Mulch– Similarly to artificial grass tracks Mulch is versatile in its capabilities. The biggest difference is if you are installing a Rubber mulch daily mile track on to a school field, there is no need to create a subbase, it can be simply laid on top of a weed suppressing membrane straight on the existing grass. Unless you have drainage issues of course which I covered earlier in this guide. Rubber mulch comes in various colour choices, but you can also combine a mixture of colours to create an autumn or woodland effect.
Playground Markings– Another popular choice for primary school playgrounds for schools. Playground markings can be in any shape, color or design that you could ever want. We can add your school logo to them or fitness circles along the route. In school playgrounds, Daily mile tracks are usually accompanied by feet to guide the children the right way.
Wet pour– This is Probably the most aesthetically pleasing and shock absorbing track surface you could choose. But, with good looks comes hard work, on a primary school field wetpour would need a full sub base and on tarmac a sturdy edging profile would be needed. Wet pour is most used as playground flooring but is incredible when it comes to daily miles. You can have words, shapes, numbers, activity circles and pretty much what ever you can imagine on your track if you go with wet pour. I will warn you though, it is the most expensive.
And finally, considerations when choosing your track. After reading all of the above its safe to say your now equipped to make an informed decision when looking for a track. However, other things you can consider are colors- do they fit with your primary school message? The company who you buy it from- Are they experienced with tracks? Sometimes the cheapest price isn’t always the best option.
As always here at poppy playgrounds, we are here to help. Whether that’s helping you choose a surface or supplying you with a quote get in touch if you need us.