Hundreds of children take part in Sunderland skipping competition

City of Sunderland School's Skipping Finals held at CitySpace Univeristy of Sunderland
City of Sunderland School's Skipping Finals held at CitySpace Univeristy of Sunderland
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Almost 200 Wearside primary school children skipped to it in sweltering heat at a city sports final.

Six schools took part in the annual Sunderland Skipping Competition Festival showdown at Sunderland University’s CitySpace campus.

City of Sunderland School's Skipping Finals held at CitySpace Univeristy of Sunderland

City of Sunderland School's Skipping Finals held at CitySpace Univeristy of Sunderland

A total of 40 primary schools were whittled down for the final following a series of intense heats.

Broadway Junior School, Easington Lane Primary, Hill View Junior School, Lambton Primary, Southwick Primary and St Paul’s CoE Primary were those who battled it out at the university.

Chris Corcoran, director and senior coach of Skipping School Ltd, said he was delighted with the skill levels on display.

With a very high level of achievement and over 900 points being scored by each of a the top three teams, the eventual winners were St Paul’s.

City of Sunderland School's Skipping Finals held at CitySpace Univeristy of Sunderland

City of Sunderland School's Skipping Finals held at CitySpace Univeristy of Sunderland

Andrea Wadge, teacher at the Ryhope school which won the inaugural Skipping Competition six years ago, said: “The children have worked hard as a team to help each other learn the different skipping techniques.

“All the children are confident skippers, and they have thoroughly enjoyed taking part and have added their own skills to the skip-dance routine.”

Mr Corcoran added: “I am sure the trophy will now be presented proudly at St Paul’s School for the next 12 months, and we look forward to engaging with primaries across the whole area again in the next academic year.

“Invitations to participate are due to be released shortly, and we hope to receive commitment from schools before the end of this summer term.”

City of Sunderland School's Skipping Finals held at CitySpace Univeristy of Sunderland

City of Sunderland School's Skipping Finals held at CitySpace Univeristy of Sunderland

“All the initial training sessions in all of the schools are accepted willingly by headteachers and teaching staff as they create positive playground activities across all age groups for weeks.

“All 1,500 children who we initially worked with this and every year love skipping and their desire to improve and share with each other their skill development is a wonderful feeling.”

City of Sunderland School's Skipping Finals held at CitySpace Univeristy of Sunderland

City of Sunderland School's Skipping Finals held at CitySpace Univeristy of Sunderland

City of Sunderland School's Skipping Finals held at CitySpace Univeristy of Sunderland

City of Sunderland School's Skipping Finals held at CitySpace Univeristy of Sunderland

City of Sunderland School's Skipping Finals held at CitySpace Univeristy of Sunderland

City of Sunderland School's Skipping Finals held at CitySpace Univeristy of Sunderland

City of Sunderland School's Skipping Finals held at CitySpace Univeristy of Sunderland

City of Sunderland School's Skipping Finals held at CitySpace Univeristy of Sunderland

City of Sunderland School's Skipping Finals held at CitySpace Univeristy of Sunderland

City of Sunderland School's Skipping Finals held at CitySpace Univeristy of Sunderland

City of Sunderland School's Skipping Finals held at CitySpace Univeristy of Sunderland

City of Sunderland School's Skipping Finals held at CitySpace Univeristy of Sunderland