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12,000 people skipping in Devon

Fitness challenge takes off

More than 12,000 Devon families have signed up to take part in a lockdown skipping challenge to keep active and healthy. 

The Devon School Games' organisers Active Devon has been inundated with requests for free skipping ropes.

Nearly 7,000 were sent out as part of the National School Games programme and is being used for physical, social, and emotional wellbeing both now and when they all return to school.

Lisa Alford from Active Devon said: “over the last 12 months we have organised many virtual events as part of the Devon School Games,”

“All of them have been popular but this skipping challenge has really captured the imagination.”

“For example, Clyst St Mary Primary School had 100 skipping ropes donated to them by a parent who is a big skipping fan!”

“I suspect most homes have a skipping rope stored away ready for a new lease of life.  It’s great for the youngsters, but we’ve had some great feedback from mums and dads who’ve joined in.”

The challenge goes on until Friday 26 February and gives families the chance to compete at home, or even virtually with classmates.

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