Pupils will jump to it at Sunderland skipping final

The fourth annual Sunderland Skipping School finals have been taking place at the City Space campus on Chester Road.
The fourth annual Sunderland Skipping School finals have been taking place at the City Space campus on Chester Road.
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Hundreds of school pupils from Wearside are once again set to skip to it at a city games final.

This year’s Skipping Festival Schools Final will take place for the fifth time after seven heats were held in the past few months to whittle down the number of participants.

At all the participating schools we worked with their Year 4 pupil groups in this totally inclusive, energetic and fun project, and the seven winners and have earned the right to play off against each other in this city final

Chris Corcoran, Skipping Festival director

The seven finalists are Benedict Biscop, Broadway Juniors, Easington Lane, Hill View Juniors, Lambton in Washington, Southwick and St Paul’s in Ryhope.

The showpiece event will once again be held at Sunderland University’s CitySpace complex, in Chester Road.

Following the usual intense competition, it was Southwick Community Primary School who emerged victorious in 2014, taking the gold medal award back to Shakespeare Street.

Skipping School director Chris Corcoran said: “As in previous years, we commenced this project in January, and have engaged with over 1,000 pupils from over 40 primaries across the area.

“At all the participating schools we worked with their Year 4 pupil groups in this totally inclusive, energetic and fun project, and the seven winners and have earned the right to play off against each other in this city final.

“They each start with a clean score-sheet, and their performance on the day will allow them to challenge for the trophy, which they then retain for 12 months until we do this again in the next academic year.

“Skill levels continue to increase year-by-year, and we continue to be delighted by the positive reaction to our range of activities from pupils and teaching staff alike.”

This year’s Skipping Festival Schools Final will be held on Monday, June 29, from 9.30am to 12.30pm.