National Skipping Day - 21st April 2017

National Skipping Day this year is held on Friday 21st April 2017 and is a day to promote the fun exercise which has incredible health benefits. Unfortunately many children have lost the skill to skip which is why we should promote the day and encourage children to participate in this healthy activity.

The annual day was firstly introduced in 1997 by a former Headteacher, Harold Galley, who introduced a skipping club in his school; he found it not only increased fitness but improved playground behaviour and strengthened all aspects of PE.

Skipping caters for everyone including adults and children of all ages, genders and helps with co-ordination, concentration and communication. It is considered a creative and fun form of exercise – wouldn’t you agree? 

Last year on National Skipping Day, the St John’s Primary School Skipping Team from Kingston-upon-Thames visited schools in the South East to show the most popular skips in the UK. 

You can take part in the day this year and register for free here. By doing so, your school will be put in touch with a local coach who will visit your school and teach the children a variety of skipping skills to encourage everyone to take up this energetic and fun sport more often. Schools will also be given two free gifts, a free skipping guide and certificates will be provided at the end of the day to congratulate those who took part. 

If you need some encouragement, check out this video of Hungary’s best rope skipping team – this may inspire you to get your class skipping…

  We hope you enjoy National Skipping Day and we will be sure to retweet and share your skipping photos on Twitter and Facebook. Happy Skipping!

Our ‘I’m In Charge Campaign’ is coming soon and will aim to inspire 11 to 14 years to consider a teaching career - here's what's going to happen - stay tuned!


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