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Celebration of Skipping at Cronk y Berry School 2 July 2007

A year’s worth of practicing a plethora of tricks and skills with a skipping rope come to a climax this week, Tuesday 3rd July, with the first Celebration of Skipping kindly hosted by Cronk y Berry School.

All of the Island’s primary schools were invited to take part in the Celebration morning which will give pupils of all ages a chance to demonstrate skipping skills to music. 4 schools have taken up the challenge to perform, while other schools are sending pupils along as part of the audience.

The celebration comes at the end of a year where skipping has continued to be very popular. The Department of Health and Social Security’s Public Health Directorate, along with the Department of Education Skimmee Gien Mie, supported by Isle of Man Anti Cancer Association have been working hard to promote skipping as a healthy activity. The partnership have over the past two years facilitated visits from Skipping Workshops UK coaches to many of the Island’s Primary and Secondary Schools, professional demonstrations from the Blue and White Rope Skippers in 15 of the Island’s Schools, school staff workshops and the creation of a much visited skipping challenge website www.skipping.gov.im.

The day will provide a platform for schools to show all they have learned in a creative way, but will also celebrate the achievements of the Manx Skipping Challenge with prizes for the top leader board position in every category and an overall school achievement award that will be presented annually.

So far, the Isle of Man has achieved the top spot for continuous figure of 8 rope skipping in the UK, beating the UK national record by over 1,000 skips. The celebration of skipping is hoped to motivate more children to get skipping and continue to skip in the years to come.

Public Health has promoted increased physical activity through skipping since 2005 with support from the Active in Mann partnership group. Skipping is a great way to maintain a healthy weight, enhance co-ordination, cooperation and cardio vascular fitness. It also helps to build strong bones, reducing the risks of osteoporosis in later life.

For further information contact,

Minister for Health and Social Security
Mr W E Teare, ACIB MHK
Markwell House,
Market Street,
Douglas, IM1 2RZ
Tel: +44 (0)1624 685002.

Member for Health
Mrs Pamela Crowe
Crookall House,
Demesne Road,
Douglas, IM1 3QA.
Tel: +44 (0)1624 642621.

Officer
Michelle Flanagan
Health Promotion Officer
Public Health Directorate,
Crookall House,
Demesne Road,
Douglas, IM1 3QA.
Tel: +44 (0)1624 642668
Fax: +44 (0)1624 642684

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