In existence for 35 years, Skipathon has long been a firm favourite for children in primary schools which allows them to take part in skipping games and challenges all while raising vital funds for the Irish Heart Foundation.
Speaking at the launch of Skipathon at St. Patrick’s Boys’ National School, Hollypark, Evanne Ní Chuilinn said: “Growing up, I loved getting involved in all types of physical activity; from gymnastics and camogie to swimming and tennis. I remember skipping as a child with my friends – it’s such a fun and accessible activity for children of all ages and a great way for them to get active.
Ruth Guy, Commercial Director at the Irish Heart Foundation said: “We are appealing to primary schools across Ireland to support Skipathon this year and raise vital funds for the Irish Heart Foundation. Skipping is a fun activity for children of all fitness levels. To ensure your Skipathon is a huge success, your packs include lesson plans, skipping ropes and activities and tips. Childhood obesity levels are increasing in Ireland and present a very real threat to children’s health and wellbeing. By holding a Skipathon during Active School Week or at any time during the year, you can encourage your pupils to get active and start learning healthy habits for life.’
Funds raised by schools through Skipathon will go towards the Irish Heart Foundation schools programmes including Y-Path ‘PE 4 ME’, Action for Life and Bizzy Breaks.
All participating schools receive a FREE Skipathon pack which includes a Skipathon brochure, sponsorship cards, lots of ideas on skipping games and of course skipping ropes.