Academic journal article Journal of Physical Education New Zealand

Jump Rope-It's Not Just Skipping

Academic journal article Journal of Physical Education New Zealand

Jump Rope-It's Not Just Skipping

Article excerpt

Jump Rope is having another great year with 680 schools around New Zealand taking up the programme.

This represents approx.140,000 children swinging away with ropes and pois for fun, fitness and developing skills.

We could talk more in this column about numbers such as distributing 45,000 ropes every year (that's enough to cover the distance between Auckland and Hamilton or almost Wellington to Palmerston North) and we could talk about individual benefits for the children and schools who become involved regularly. There are also much wider benefits and values associated with the programme which are worth a mention. Jump Rope for Heart is a perfect link to nutrition and health matters and its value for community contact can not be overlooked.

Schools all over the country have been putting on displays at events, in shopping malls and Avonhead primary school in Christchurch even managed to get a spot on the children's television programme "What Now."

School Jump Offs regularly involve local businesses, sports stars and media personalities so it is no wonder that Jump Rope often generates photos in local and regional newspapers.

Among the many fine examples of Jump Offs which I have been fortunate to visit this year has been that of St Joseph's in Papanui, Christchurch where they had a grandparents theme and featured a roll of honour for people the students knew had experienced a heart problem. …

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