Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Making Pupils Jump for Joy

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Making Pupils Jump for Joy

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Hundreds get into skipping

Children across Gateshead are skipping their way to a healthier future.

Around 400 pupils from 18 schools across the borough took part in a skipping festival at Gateshead Leisure Centre.

Youngsters aged from six to 11 performed five-minute displays to show off their skipping skills.

They also competed to find out who were the fastest skippers in the borough and raised pounds 103 for the British Heart Foundation.

Children at Lindisfarne Primary in central Gateshead practised their skipping at coaching workshops for six weeks ahead of the competition.

Nine-year-old Conor Parker said: "It was excellent when we started to skip in front of different schools.

"I had to do the `hop swap' on my own, which is when you skip on one foot and then swap to the other foot. It's easy when you get the hang of it."

Nine-year-old Connor Hillock said: "My favourite was the number eight snake.

"You have to jump over the high rope without touching it. It was quite hard at first.

"When the skipping festival was nearly over Conor Parker and I had a jump-rope session.

"We were racing each other while we skipped. I was the winner."

Nine-year-old Dean McGinty said: "It was great being on stage because my mam was looking at me and smiling.

"I found it difficult to do some of the skipping so I helped with the number eight snake by swinging the rope."

Headteacher Alison Cowings said: "The great thing about skipping is that everyone can take part, on their own and working together.

"The workshops have given our pupils confidence and taught them teamwork skills and social skills like sharing as well bringing them the obvious physical benefits.

"We plan to make skipping a regular feature in our playground, with the older children teaching the younger ones games and skills. …

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