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Almost 3,000 pupils every year benefit from taking part in Jump2it, a primary school health improvement programme that uses professional athletes to deliver interactive workshops and basketball coaching.
Jump2it promotes the benefits of physical activity and healthy eating, and also educates the youngsters on the dangers of alcohol and smoking. The combination of classroom learning and active participation seems to be a winning formula in inspiring the children to make positive lifestyle choices.
Jump2it takes place in many Clyde Gateway schools, including St Columbkille’s Primary School in Rutherglen, where players from local basketball team, the Glasgow Rocks, make regular visits. Thanks to funding from Clyde Gateway this all happens at no charge to the school or families. Depute Head Teacher Frances Slater explains more.
“Jump2it has been running here at St Columbkille’s Primary for several years now, and the kids just love it. They don’t just get to play basketball, they also learn all about healthy living, a message which definitely seems to have more of an impact when it’s being delivered by professional athletes rather than their parents or teachers!
“The programme runs from October to December every year and particular socio-economic groups qualify for the training. Last year we had 28 kids taking part; Primary 6 and 7 are involved in the healthy lifestyle aspects of Jump2it, and the Primary 7 participants also get basketball training every week.
“Jump2it has been incredibly effective in re-enforcing the school’s own health and well-being curriculum, and in getting the children to increase their physical activity levels. The children were so excited to be getting coaching from the Glasgow Rocks, and particularly loved the opportunity to compete with other schools at the inter-school tournaments. The end of season basketball festival at the Emirates Arena was a particularly memorable day for everyone involved – we’re lucky to have such an amazing facility so close at hand.
“The report on last year’s programme showed that 40% of the children made a positive change in their eating habits as a result of the lessons they learned, and six of them got the basketball bug and now play regularly. The majority have also been inspired to try out other sports like gymnastics, football or netball. Just about everyone involved was determined to drink more water.
“As well as the physical benefits, so many of the pupils who have been involved in Jump2it tell us about the positive thinking they have taken from it, such as learning never to give up, working as part of a team, and not to say “I can’t do that” but to say “I can’t do it yet, but if I practice I will finally achieve my goal.” One child even reported that he now sees failure as an opportunity to fix mistakes and learn. That’s an achievement in itself.”
Jump 2 It is delivered by Scottish Sports Futures and is funded by Clyde Gateway in local schools”