A non-profit project in Manchester removing barriers & spreading the sport of Jump Rope!
Jump rope (skipping) is socially distanced, non-gendered, cheap, easy to learn, creative and can be done anywhere. The #JustJump Project aims to provide Kids in high schools / youth clubs / after school clubs and local communities across GM with a rope and the means to start their own jump ‘Meets’.
Covid has made it even harder for physical activity to take place in school and out of school settings for young people. Participation in physical exercise drops off in teenage years and - especially amongst girls - never picks up again. The physical and mental health benefits offered by being physically active are too important to ignore.
Jump rope is an exceptionally cheap and affordable form of exercise which offers no preconceived notion of whether someone will be good/bad at it. It's an individual sport but can be done with others. It can be as simple, or as complex as one wants to make it. Where cycling, walking, running and other team sports all require leaving the house/ travelling a distance, skipping can be done with minimal space and without having to go anywhere.
Imagine if we were to give every kid a jump rope plus the opportunity to be as creative as possible with it. That is what The #JustJump Project aims to do. Via a range of fund raising, we want to provide our young communities in Greater Manchester with a rope, some basic coaching and some simple, easy to follow resources which will enable them to learn, progress and teach others all whilst being physically active and having fun!
This project has already started at The Swinton Co-op Academy where 45 Year 11 students turned up for their first week, and 5 more in their second. The enthusiasm, joy and passion the students are already showing towards it is amazing.
In early January, The Manchester Youth Zone are introducing #JustJump to 30 of their members and and we want to roll it out further across GM!
We're aiming this initially at secondary school age (11yrs +) simply because primary schools receive a physical activity fund from the government, whereas nothing like this exists for secondary age children; however that does not mean that we are actively excluding younger children from the project. So get in touch if you feel that the young people in your community would benefit from The #JustJump Project.
- Confidence & self-esteem building
- Socially distanced sport
- Teach yourself
- Teach others
- Leadership/coaching skills
- Builds resilience and patience
- Improves fitness & heart health
- Builds agility and endurance
- Enhances memory, spatial awareness, mental alertness
- Connects left & right hemisphere of the brain so can help improve reading skills
- Develops hand-eye coordination
- Releases endorphins for mental health
What we need:
- A jump rope for each child. This is a freestyle rope which is a weather-proof rope made from recycled plastic beads that enables quick learning of tricks and skills
- Someone to go into schools/clubs/communities to initiate the first meet and teach basic skills
- A safe website where students can access tutorials / videos of tricks and freestyle jump rope.
How we are raising this:
- Skip 5km!!
Helen, AKA The Skipping Bee, is undertaking the mammoth task of skipping 5k on December 27th! You can follow her journey by clicking the instagram link below and support her in raising funds by donating to Spark Community or our JustGiving page.
- Crowdfunding via JustGiving here.
- Spark Community membership funds: find out more about Spark Community and how to become a member here .
- Community rope sales: When an adult buys a rope from us, we donate a rope to a child. (Currently only available for local delivery + pick up).
Get your rope here - ALL profit donated to The #JustJump Project
- Gift a rope: like a suspended coffee scheme... but with ropes!
- Just Jump Community Meets: when we're allowed, adult/family jump meets where we can all have fun jumping rope together no class fee but instead, we'll ask participants to donate what they can.
- Funding bids: Unfortunately, we didn't qualify for Sport England's small grants fund but are on the look out for other community physical activity funds we can apply for... let us know if you know of any, or have one!
Live in or near Manchester? Why not come and join one of our community jumps? Follow @jumpwithmaggie on instagram to find out more...
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