Matalan / YST “Your Activity” Vists:
The British Rope Skipping Association is in Partnership with Matalan and Youth Sport Trust for their “Your Activity” scheme, here is an extract from the Matalan Your Activity Pilot Report about Jump Rope activity taken up by Greenfield School and Jump Rope UK coaches who delivered the session:
Two members of NGB staff came in to provide some training for the teachers and Young Leaders and were also involved in the first session.
The NGB staff themselves were perceived to be ‘amazing’ and Mrs Williams noted that the participants had enjoyed having them involved. As she noted:
“The girls that came and did the demonstrations, they were lovely, they really were amazing, and the pupils were hanging on everything that they did”.
Several participants also commented that the emonstration by NGB staff had been “really good” and “amazing”, with one girl noting that “it really made you want to join in and do it”. The aim at Greenford is to continue the Jump Rope sessions indefinitely and perhaps try to tie some of the activities into PE lessons. Mrs Williams felt that this would help to facilitate the sustained impact of Matalan ‘yoUR Activity’ in the school. The resource pack itself was perceived to be very good, being described as ‘brilliant’ and ‘useful’. “It was a really, really good activity pack and it tells you how to organise warm up routines, how to put routines together, it’s absolutely brilliant”
In particular, Mrs Williams liked being able to print off and laminate activity cards for the Young Leaders to use within activity sessions. The format of these cards was also perceived to be ‘fantastic’, with pictures and descriptions facilitating the pupils’ use of them. Natalie also noted that the activity cards were “useful” and several of the participants also commented that they found it helpful to have examples of how to use the ropes. As one girl commented, “I’m really not that used to (Jump Rope) so if I didn’t have some advice on what to do I think I would just be
Views on Project Impact
Mrs Williams felt that, overall, the project had been very
successful at Greenford. In particular, she noted that it had “definitely” achieved its aim of re-engaging ‘non-doers’ of sport in school. The activity sessions regularly attract around 60 pupils a week, with a combination of sporty and non-sporty girls involved (and sometimes some boys). This mix of pupils was also highlighted as a positive impact of the programme.
Putney Junior School First Visit:
“I just wanted to say how pleased we were with today’s workshop. All the girls had a fantastic time and Laura and Beci were brilliant with them. They all have skipping fever now”
Putney Junior School Second Visit:
“I just wanted to say thank you again to Beci and Rachael for the workshop yesterday. The girls in Years 4 and 6 loved it and want to do more! I am thinking of setting up a skipping club at the school”
School Games Organiser, Blackburn:
“The girls who delivered the course on Wednesday were Excellent, and those who took part in the course really enjoyed it. They have all gone away with lots of ideas about how they can use Jump Rope within their schools.”