Skipping our way around Ireland!

We skip with all ages in all schools including Primary, National, Educate Together and Gaelscoils across Ireland.

For Junior and Senior Infants we have worked to develop a 'skipping story' that we have created specifically for these age groups which helps to allay any apprehension and fears of the skipping rope that the little ones might have.

Our lesson breaks skipping down into fun, easy and accessible chunks so that children are introduced to skipping in a fun but 'safe' manner. We tend to use the long rope for Junior Infants for their skipping trek 'Through the Jungle', and we'll introduce both the long rope and some individual rope skipping skills to your Senior Infants through similar games and tasks that offer challenges but again in fun and 'safe' way. We have certainly noticed that by introducing skipping this way, the children tend to be more relaxed and so enjoy the sessions more and are therefore happier to continue developing and trying more skipping skills!

We use a similar approach with 1st Class as well who begin with individual rope skills but as we move through from 2nd to 6th Class, we deliver age-appropriate challenges which the children always react positively to!  We will teach different skills to 3rd, 4th and 5th Classes too which we find, gives the children the opportunity to learn from each other, hopefully improving communication and cohesion in schools - it's lovely to see little ones learning from the bigger children and sometimes vice versa!

Skipping coaching in Ireland for all ages
Skipping coaching in Ireland for all ages

During the rest of the coaching sessions, we teach a variety of skills from individual steps to partner skipping, from long rope games for team skipping to a jaw-dropping double-dutch rope skipping. Our group skipping approach definitely encourages cooperation amongst peers as well as between boys and girls, which clearly has an impact on playground behaviour as well advancing social skills.

Our core focus on the day is to challenge, enthuse and inspire your children so that they learn to enjoy getting and, importantly, keeping fit.

Just bring your runners to join in and enjoy!

Our day then ends with our Celebration of Skipping Assembly which is great fun, very loud and a real showstopper that leaves the children full of enthusiasm and motivation to carry on skipping!

Schools then receive our updated resources package - via email and free of charge - after a skipping day which includes a Mini Daily Challenge, a competition as well as an 8 week Skipping programme. If you have a Playground Buddies system or similar, then the older children can certainly use some of the information and / or challenges to help the younger ones with their skipping. These resources have all been designed to encourage children to practice on a consistent and constructive basis as well as proactively, hopefully taking some of the strain off teachers and offering schools a way to sustain skipping in the school.

Dundalk Leader September 2013 - Skipping in Eire
Dundalk Leader September 2013 - Skipping in Eire


The benefits of a skipping day are definitely long-lasting, especially if the school can coopt an enthusiastic parent or TA to use the free resources that we send you, which, in turn, have been rewritten to make them accessible to Yr 5s and Yr 6s to try to use with the younger children. This means that the school gets great value out of the skipping day and you can definitely make it a sustainable activity eg. warm up before every PE lesson, with classes taking it in turns for 5 minutes 'Skip and Jump' every morning/afternoon.
 

The cost for a great day of skipping in Ireland school would be based on the following matrix:

1 - 109 children on roll - €275
110 - 159 children on roll - €2.75 per child
Full Day Skip capped at €450.00 for a maximum of 8 classes at around 240 pupils.
 

One Euro helps set up a skipping day in Eire
One Euro helps set up a skipping day in Eire

We appreciate budgets may be tight at this time but we have found that in some schools, they have asked their pupils to bring in just Eur1 which leaves the school less to pay from their budgets. Alternatively, we have worked with several Parents/Friends Association who have agreed to fund a skipping day with the promise that, after our coaching day when all the children have learned how to skip, the school could hold a sponsored skipping day later in the year to boost school funds.

 

Read here about some more funding ideas. Do Get in Touch if you'd like more information about our skipping days in Ireland, we look forward to hearing from you.

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