Children from seven schools across Sheffield took part in a mass skipping event at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre today (Thursday 22 October).
The event, which followed individual skipping days at the schools held over the past month, was organised by Activity Sheffield in conjunction with Jump Rope UK, a national body which promotes skipping as a good way to get fit and have fun, as well as Points Learning Network and three schools sport partnerships – Links, Forge and Arches.
Teachers from the schools involved were also given training to enable them to have the skills, confidence and resources to deliver skipping sessions themselves in the future.
Councillor Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families at Sheffield City Council, said: “It was great to be part of this mass skipping event at Ponds Forge today. It really took me back to when I was at school – we loved to skip at playtime!
“We want every child and young person in the city to be active, healthy and involved and achieving their full potential, so it was wonderful to see hundreds of children skipping together, having fun and taking part in physical activity.
“But what’s really exciting is that this wasn’t just a one-off, all the school staff involved now have the necessary skills to carry on promoting skipping in their schools – enabling even more children to get involved and enjoy skipping both in and out of school.”
The schools involved were Athelstan School, Brunswick Primary, Anns Grove Primary, Pye Bank CE Primary, Beck Primary, St Thomas of Canterbury Primary and Manor Lodge Primary.
Around 200 children took part in the event at Ponds Forge, which aimed to improve health and wellbeing.
Any more schools that want to find out more about ordering their own school skipping package should contact Activity Sheffield on 0114 273 4266.