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April 27, 2009
More than 1,000 youngsters at Banff primary schools are gearing up for a simultaneous skipping at the start of May, organised by NHS Grampian and Aberdeenshire Council.
"This is the first event in Grampian involving so many children skipping at exactly the same time," says Jill Smith, Assistant Health Improvement Officer with NHS Grampian. "The pupils, aged 5 to 11, are very excited to take part and have been working hard preparing for this special event on May 6."
"Through the council's Active Schools programme, 1,200 young skippers at eight primary schools have benefited from coaching by internationally renowned skipping expert Silvanna Matheson. Silvanna has also trained teachers, so they can support the pupils in what has turned out to be a very popular activity," explains Susan Mackintosh, Active Schools Coordinator for Aberdeenshire Council.
The joint NHS Grampian and Aberdeenshire Council initiative involves every child from Aberchirder, Bracoden, Fordyce, Ordiquhill, Portsoy, Banff, Macduff and Whitehills Primary Schools, to skip at the same time on the same day in May for 10 minutes at their school. The project is part of a series of activities to encourage youngsters to keep fit and healthy.
"We chose skipping because it is an inexpensive physical activity which is easy to learn, fun to do, doesn't require specialist equipment or sports areas and - most importantly - is good for your health," adds Jill.
The Mass Skipping event starts on Wednesday May 6 with:
The event will be filmed and produced as a DVD by pupils of Banff Academy and awards will be made to schools and groups.
Sponsors for the special event include Ken Barbour (Builder), Macduff Shipyards, Deveron Coaches, Scotframe, Aberdeenshire Sports Council and Co-operative Group, Banff, and Sangs have donated a bottle of water for each child. The Council-run Community Schools Network has donated all the skipping ropes.
There will be photography opportunities and, after the award ceremony, interview opportunities with teachers and pupils at Aberchirder, Bracoden, Fordyce, Ordiquhill, Portsoy, Banff, Macduff and Whitehills Primary Schools.
If you wish to attend, contact Jill Smith on 01261 815980, or Susan MacKintosh on 01261 813391 before May 6.
Representatives from NHS Grampian and Aberdeenshire Council will be at each school.
For further information, please contact:
NHS Grampian Corporate Communications, on 01224 554400,
or Linzie Carson, Aberdeenshire Council Communications Team, on 01224 664611.