2015
29 November 2015
Family Sports Day
“Family Sports Day” receives overwhelming responses
Hundreds of families accepted parenting team challenge and experienced the importance of fundamental movement skills
Fundamental Movement Skills
14 July 2015
Third Demo Cup Marathon
The third Demo Cup Marathon attains unprecedented success of a record high of 53 primary and secondary schools at Southorn Stadium.
2014
20 July 2014
The Second Rope Skipping Demo Cup
Over 800 rope skippers from schools and sports sectors are gathering to show their amazing rope skipping performance at Demo Cup after practicing for the past few months.
6 January 2014
World Rope Skipping Championships
As the biennial World Rope Skipping Championships (WRSC) celebrates its 10th anniversary, Hong Kong is proud to be the first Asian city to host this international event.
2013
14 July 2013
Hong Kong First-Ever Marathon Demo Cup
Over 300 Skippers Jump for Ultimate Creativeness and Team Spirit
2012
5 January 2012
Hong Kong Breaking World Record Again!
Rope Skipping Rising Stars Break the Guinness World Record for Most Skips by a Team over a Single Rope
2011
3 July 2011
A New Chapter in Hong Kong Rope Skipping History!
40 Rising Star Skippers Break Guinness World Record of Skipping Double-Dutch Style
800 Students Skip Long Ropes Simultaneously to Promote Active and Healthy Lifestyle
29 November 2015
Family Sports Day
“Family Sports Day”
The department of Sports Science and Physical Education from the Chinese University of Hong Kong cooperated with The Coca-Cola Foundation in hosting “Family Sports Day 2015” at the athletic field of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) was the main theme of “Family Sports Day” that has attracted hundreds of parents and children to participate, enjoy and get more familiar with the main idea of FMS by joining several kinds of exercises there. The representative of the department of Sports Science and Physical Education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong also shared the analyze on whether parents’ sports values will influence children’ growth. The research found that once if the parents emphasize sports, their children will tend to exercise more, perform more confidently on academics and have a closer relationship with their parents.

Amy Sau-Ching Ha, the vice president and the professor of the department of Sports Science and Physical Education from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, shared the research experiences towards FMS, “The department of Sports Science and Physical Education has expended a 3-year research, aiming at Hong Kong students’ exercising habits. It reveals that primary and secondary students in Hong Kong are lacking areas for exercising. They normally exercised only in one or two basketball court or even a covered playground. Moreover, the research has also found that the frequency of exercising for the primary and secondary students at weekends is less than regular classes. In view of the appalling phenomenon, I encourage parents could exercise more with their children in public holidays.”

In fact, parents’ values towards sports are of utmost importance to children’s growth. We have interviewed seven hundreds pairs of parents and discovered that once the parents exercise more and have positive values towards sports, their children tend to love sports and exercise more. What’s more, the parent-child relationship will be more adhered. Besides, once the parents love exercising, their children will perform more confidently on academics. Thus, parents could build a healthy life habits and establish vigorous attitude as their children’ role model.

Apart from participating sports events provided by governmental organizations like Leisure and Cultural Services Department, parents and children can also use the public area, namely, parks, stadiums and promenades to exercise. That families can stretch their muscles and exercise outdoor together is good for both physical and psychological. Besides, I hope parents can carry out the suggestions of World Health Organization to do exercises with moderate to high intensity levels with at least 60 minutes everyday.

Professor continued to comment that FMS was the main challenge theme of “Family Sports Day 2015”. In fact, each movement consists of different FMS, including jumping steps, cross steps, long jumps, sprinting, horse steps, hop, double-handed stroke, one-handed forehand stroke, catching kicking, underhand throw and upper hand throw. The quality of sports is always attributed to the aforementioned fundamental movement skills. Sharpening FMS can uplift the quality of sports level and increase the interests towards specific sports. Through holding “Family Sports Day 2015”, it is hoped that participated family members would pay attention on the applied basic movement abilities in every exercise.

Ninety percent of participated parents mentioned that they were not familiar to FMS. More than a half participated parents said that they had no knowledge about the terms of FMS. However, over sixty percent of participated parents can list out at least three fundamental movements. Association had also invested the result and found that most of the students were desired to exercise with their parents and thirty percent of students perceived their parents in having inadequate exercises in daily lives. Students also perceived that this event had provided a precious opportunity for them to enjoy exercising with their parents. Furthermore, all participated parents agreed that exercising with their children could fortify parent-child relationship. This event had provided an opportunity for parents to spend more time to exercising with their children regularly. That this event made an overwhelming response is an undeniable truth.

“Skipping to Happiness” is hosted by the department of Sports Science and Physical Education from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation, aiming to promote skipping and healthy life habits to families. It is one of the outdoor family sports gala, which is the first year of “Family Sports Day” using FMS as the main theme of the event to promote the importance of fundamental movements skills through team activities. In order to promote the coordination within the family and the parent-child relationship, each participated family can have one “Sports gift pack”, including sports tools. It is hoped that family members can continue the principle of this event, use the sports tools to exercise every day and everyday is the “Family Sports Days”.
14 July 2015
Third Demo Cup Marathon
The third Demo Cup Marathon under The Coca-Cola Foundation Skipping to Happiness Program 2015, organized by the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), co-organized by Hong Kong Rope Skipping Association, China, and sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, attains unprecedented success of a record high of 53 primary and secondary schools at Southorn Stadium today. Along with students’ exceptional performance combining creativity, styles and musicality, the Hong Kong Rope Skipping Delegates also get honored with the flag presentation for the upcoming 8th Asian Rope Skipping Championships. The event also invites Paralympian William So, Hong Kong Squash Team Coach Rebecca Chiu and Elite Golf Amateur and Artist, Stephanie Ho, to support rope skipping sport and endorse the importance of Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS).

The 8th Asian Rope Skipping Championships Flag Presentation Ceremony is officiated by Miss Ally Chong, Chairperson of Hong Kong Rope Skipping Association, China and Prof. Amy Ha President of Hong Kong Rope Skipping Association, China cum Chairperson of Department of Sports Science and Physical Education, Faculty of Education, CUHK. The Hong Kong delegates also, for the first time, crossover with the three-time champions of the “Cheering Team Competition for the 18 Districts”. This first of its kind acrobatic performance intertwines rope skipping and cheerleading, showcases the infinite possibilities in rope skipping.
Promotion on rope skipping sport and FMS are highlights of the 5th Skipping to Happiness Program. “With the support from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education of CUHK has conducted a 3-year academic research on the FMS development of primary students in Hong Kong. We have collected and analyzed data of 180 students in June last year. Research shows that those with above average FMS, have a 20% higher chance to reach 60 minutes daily exercise standard recommended by the World Health Organization, and at the same time 75% more likely to enjoy doing sports.” said Professor Amy Ha, Chairperson of Department of Sports Science and Physical Education, Faculty of Education, CUHK.

After the exhilarating Hong Kong Delegate performance, William So, Rebecca Chiu and Stephanie Ho top it up by giving away souvenirs to the audience by throwing and swinging. Hong Kong Squash Team Coach, Rebecca Chiu stated, “Fundamental Movement Skills play a significant role in the long term development of an athlete. Ideally we develop children’s FMS abilities, build their interest in sports, and unleash their potential. I would include FMS training in my squash coaching programmes, as in squash, all the swings, serve returns and footwork require solid FMS. Besides, rope skipping, similar to other racquet sports, requires a high level of eye-hand coordination, which is an excellent choice of cross training.”

The three guests also take up the challenge from the Hong Kong Rope Skipping delegates and further promote inclusion and health equity through rope skipping. “It has been a great experience taking the Long Rope Challenge with Rebecca, Stephanie and the two students. Rope skipping is a sport for everyone, which you can do anywhere, with anyone or even on your own. It does give more flexibility than other sports.” said William So, Track and Field Athlete of Hong Kong Paralympic Committee & Sports Association for the Physically Disabled.

“I believe everything is built from a sound foundation. Since I was little, I have been trained with FMS especially on swinging, which allows me to comfortably explore a variety of sports, including golf, cricket and rope skipping.” said Stephanie Ho, the former Hong Kong Golf Representative for the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games.

The debut FMS-themed Family Sports Day in November is hugely anticipated by almost all the guests. “My dad has been playing golf with me since I was 6. Exercising with the family not only improve health and family relationship, it also helps to reduce academic and work stress. No matter how busy I am with my singing and acting career now, I still play golf with my father regularly. I hope you would all invite your parents to the Family Sports Day, have fun and exercise together.” said Stephanie.
20 July 2014
The Second Rope Skipping Demo Cup
Hosted by the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation, this is the Second Rope Skipping Demo Cup. Over 800 rope skippers from schools and sports sectors are gathering to show their amazing rope skipping performance at Demo Cup after practicing for the past few months. As rope skipping is becoming more and more popular, the number of participating schools has increased by over 30 percent and the number of participants has doubled! Over the past 4 years, the Coca-Cola Foundation has promoted rope skipping to over 30,000 teachers and students, hoping to encourage students to exercise regularly.

This year, Hong Kong is the first Asian city to hold the World Rope Skipping Championships (WRSC). The Hong Kong Rope Skipping Team, who will compete in the WRSC, performs part of their innovative WRSC rope skipping stunts and challenging moves for the public for the first time at the Demo Cup. Belgian twins and rope skipping masters, Willem Tack and Wouter Tack, have won 19 medals in past WRSCs and other large-scale competitions, flew to Hong Kong to battle with the Hong Kong Team. The training focuses in Belgium and Hong Kong are different. Belgian rope skipping training focuses on dynamic moves and techniques while the Hong Kong Team aims for speed and endurance. “The Demo Cup provides a platform for the two regions to exchange rope skipping skills. It also provides an opportunity for students to see the unique styles of various countries and this raises students’ interest in rope skipping”, said Willem and Wouter.

This year the 44 participating schools have formed their own rope skipping teams. Along with the Coca-Cola rope skipping team, they have received special training for months to prepare for this year’s Demo Cup. In today’s 5-hour marathon performance, they are ready to give their best and show their creativity.

Rope skipping is becoming popular
Having promoted rope skipping in Hong Kong for over 10 years, Professor Amy Ha, one of the judges at the Demo Cup and Chairperson of the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, stated “Our previous study showed that secondary and primary students do not do enough exercise. However, the number of participating schools at the Demo Cup has increased by 30 percent and the number of participants has doubled. These figures show that rope skipping is indeed becoming more common. The participating teams perform single, double and group styles; which reflects a variety of rope skipping styles, and improves communication, teamwork and cooperation.”

Miss Florence Yu, the Senior Public Affairs & Communications Manager, Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan, Coca-Cola China Limited and the representative of the Coca-Cola Foundation, said “The Coca-Cola Foundation have reached out to 30,000 teachers and students for rope skipping promotion in the past 4 years to encourage the students to exercise regularly and promote energy balance. I am pleased to see that the participating students try their best to demonstrate their stunning skills learned in the past few months. By observing the performance of other schools, the students can improve their own rope skipping skills.”




The one-year Demo Cup has already promoted rope skipping and the importance of energy balance to 48 secondary and primary schools. In addition, the campaign hosts Community Fun Days in 4 area including Yau Tong, Tsuen Wan, Lok Fu etc to promote rope skipping. Apart from inviting professional coaches to teach acrobatic rope skipping, various stalls and games are available in the events. Moreover, the campaign has also collaborated with Hong Kong Federation of Youth Group and organized interest classes and carnivals in 16 S.P.O.T. The project also consists of research component to investigate the impact of rope skipping on the physical and mental development, the independency and communication skills of youth. The upcoming Community Fun day will be hosted in Lok Fu Plaza and it is open to public. The event is free for entry, join us to enjoy the joy of rope skipping!
6 January 2014
World Rope Skipping Championships
As the biennial World Rope Skipping Championships (WRSC) celebrates its 10th anniversary, Hong Kong is proud to be the first Asian city to host this international event. The Department of Sports Science and Physical Education (SSPE), Faculty of Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) today launch a 60-day countdown to build the excitement for this high-energy event.

To further fuel passion for rope skipping, the Hong Kong Rope Skipping Delegation is showcasing world class moves such as “quadruple backflip jump” and “split”. Mr Timothy Ho Chu-ting, the first Chinese world champion and World Record holder for jumping the most skips over a single rope in three minutes, proves the team’s strength to defend their champion titles by demonstrating the individual speed jump.

HK Team Prepares for WRSC

The countdown today marks the final preparation for WRSC to be held in Hong Kong. “It is an important milestone of local rope skipping development for Hong Kong to be the first in Asia to host the WRSC. We are welcoming more than 600 world class athletes from 20 countries in late July, so the public will be able to appreciate different variations and the unique skills of rope skipping. It is a valuable chance for us to promote the sport,” said Professor Amy Ha Sau-Ching, Chairperson of CUHK SSPE and founding president of Hong Kong Rope Skipping Association, China.

After securing the reputation as Asia’s champions by winning 50 medals (18 gold, 19 silver and 13 bronze) during the last WRSC in 2012, the Hong Kong team is sending the largest-ever team with around 160 athletes.

Also a member of Hong Kong Rope Skipping Delegation, Timothy is preparing for the world class competition. “All candidates in the WRSC are top athletes, whose strength should not be underestimated. Since this is my fourth time participating in this competition, my mental strength during the matches will be stable. Hence the objective of my training is mainly to improve my physical strength to hopefully defend my titles,” said Timothy.

Mr Jason Chan Hing-fai, the head coach of the delegation, implements a preparation strategy for his team. “We do not overtrain our athletes now as we hope they can bring their full potential into play during the WRSC. Meanwhile, we are designing novel movements, patterns and music combinations; enabling the team to showcase their creativity,” said Jason.

”Skipping to Happiness” Community Fun Days Tour to Promote Rope Skipping

“Skipping to Happiness” Community Fun Days is part of The Coca-Cola Foundation “Skipping to Happiness” Program 2014. From June to August, the roadshows will be held in 4 districts, including Yau Tong, Tsuen Wan and Lok Fu. Activities include professional rope skipping coaching, game booth and exhibition to enhance public understanding of the sport.

“The Coca-Cola Foundation has supported the promotion of local rope skipping activities to more than 50,000 people since 2010. This year, we are extending the program from schools to the community so more public members can experience rope skipping. We are collaborating with Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups for the first time to organize rope skipping course and carnivals in 16 Youth S.P.O.T. in 10 districts in Kowloon and New Territories. The collaboration engages more teenagers in experiencing the fun of rope skipping, so they can develop the habit of exercising regularly and live healthy, active lives,” said Ms Florence Yu, Senior Public Affairs & Communications Manager, Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan, Coca-Cola China Limited, representing The Coca-Cola Foundation.
14 July 2013
Hong Kong First-Ever Marathon Demo Cup
Over 400 local secondary and primary students and teams from sports and business sectors today perform in the first local marathon demo cup. Run under The Coca-Cola Foundation Rope Skipping Demo Cup Program 2013, the event is organized by the Department of Sports Science and Physical Education, Faculty of Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation. In addition, The Hong Kong Rope Skipping team demonstrates world-class rope skipping moves and stunts that incorporate dancing and gymnastics elements, including split-jumps and Thomas Flares, in preparation for the Asian Rope Skipping Championship next month, making the event even more exciting with their strength to defend their titles.

With months of professional training and preparations prior to the marathon, 21 performing teams formed by participating primary and secondary schools, together with The Chinese University of Hong Kong Rope Skipping Team and Coca-Cola Rope Skipping Team, showcase their creative acrobatic rope skipping skills in the marathon demo cup.

With Multi-learning Targets, Demo Cup Demonstrate Team Spirit

“We see a high quality of participating teams today, with outstanding performance in their trick arrangement, use of music, synchronization and movement quality. Demo Cup is seen to be a brand new sport in Hong Kong, which enables students to maximize their creativity to create unique rope skipping tricks. Moreover, Demo Cup requires teamwork. Youngsters can improve social and communication skills through participating in the sport. We believe Demo Cup should be widely promoted in Hong Kong.” said Professor Amy Ha, Chairperson of Department of Sports Science and Physical Education, Faculty of Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; who is one of the judges and has been promoting rope skipping in Hong Kong for over a decade.

“In the past three years, we have successfully promoted rope skipping activity to over 17,000 teachers and students, and advocated students to exercise regularly and see the importance of maintaining energy balance,” said Miss Florence Yu, Senior Public Affairs & Communications Manager, Hong Kong, Macau & Taiwan, Coca-Cola China Limited, representing The Coca-Cola Foundation. “This year, we kindle more teens’ interest in practicing rope skipping through supporting demo cup, of which is more engaging to watch and will help them achieve healthy active lifestyle.”

The event also invites three-time Olympic swimmer Sherry Tsai and famous local singer Ella Koon to demonstrate basic acrobatic rope skipping skills and show how fun and easy rope skipping can be. Both of them believe that acrobatic rope skipping includes endless combinations of tricks and is more attractive than traditional sports. “Acrobatic rope skipping helps enhance body coordination and strengthen muscle endurance and cardiopulmonary function. Together with its flexibility, rope skipping is one of the best sports to be promoted as a regular exercise in a small city like Hong Kong,” said Sherry, who joins a large scale rope skipping event for the first time.
5 January 2012
Hong Kong Breaking World Record Again!
The Coca-Cola Foundation Rope Skipping STAR Program 2011-2012, organized by the Hong Kong Rope Skipping Association, China (HKRSA) and sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation celebrates creating two new records today for Hong Kong.

Record one: fourteen Hong Kong rope skipping athletes successfully smashed the Guinness World Record for the most skips by a team over a single rope in three minutes. This success boosts their medal hopes for the upcoming World Rope Skipping Championships 2012 in July.

Record two: over 100 primary and secondary school students also secured their own new record for Hong Kong by having the most people skip rope simultaneously in a ‘figure of 8’, marking a new milestone of rope skipping history.

Flight Crew, a team of three world-class athletes, provided another event highlight by challenging members from the Hong Kong Rope Skipping Delegation through a demonstration match which showcased their trademark dazzling speed and unique skills.
Rope Skipping STAR Program – 7,000 Students Skip a Healthy Lifestyle

“We are delighted to see our rope skipping rising stars break the Guinness World Record once again, proving the world-class standard of the local rope skippers. While the quality of the athletes improves, we are successfully promoting rope skipping to an ever-increasing number of schools and continue to enhance the content of the Program,” Having promoted rope skipping for over 17 years, Professor Amy Sau-ching Ha, President, HKRSA, said, “As well as providing teaching manuals to teachers and helping set up rope skipping corners at schools, the Program supports students to achieve energy balance by offering a complementary four-week rope skipping course to help them develop a regular rope skipping habit and understand fundamental nutrition knowledge.”

Ms Karen So, General Manager, Hong Kong and Macau Region, Coca-Cola China Limited, representing The Coca-Cola Foundation, said, “We are honored to sponsor HKRSA for the second year, as the Program expands and enables more students to receive more comprehensive rope skipping training. In two years, we have successfully promoted rope skipping to over 13,000 school teachers and students and advocated the importance of maintaining energy balance; driving our brand’s belief - LIVE POSITIVELY.”
HK Top Athletes Receive Guinness Record Certificate after Breaking Tokyo’s Record
Rope skipping is so dynamic that athletes can create various difficult styles and jump with their full speed. Aged 13-17 years, 14 top Hong Kong rope skippers received the Guinness World Record certificate from the adjudicator Mr Dong Cheng after they successfully broke the 461 skip record set by Japanese players in 2011 for the most skips by a team over a single rope in three minutes.

More than 100 primary and secondary school students from 24 schools supported the Guinness Record breaking attempt by creating their own Hong Kong record – most people skipping rope in a ‘figure of 8’ simultaneously. With two athletes swinging the rope, the team makes the challenging ‘figure of 8’ move by skipping over the rope one after another; moving in the shape of an ‘8’.

Three World Skipping Champions Bewilder Audience with Difficult Skills
The event also invited Bill Jackson, who won two World Championships and six US Grand National Championships; L. J. LaVecchia, who won overall first place title at the World Youth competition; and Lee Reisig, who has been skipping for 19 years and secured nine Grand National Championship trophies, to a demonstration match with three Rope Skipping Ambassadors and Hong Kong Rope Skipping Delegation. With amazing jumping power, the three world champions integrated gymnastics, dancing and Kung Fu with rope skipping and demonstrated various difficult skills to challenge the Hong Kong team, who are internationally known for their speed, flexibility and skills. These breath-taking moves include a 720-degree twist, jumping over six skips and jumping over a partner with a backflip twist. During the day, both the Rope Skipping Ambassadors and world-class rope jumpers taught the primary and secondary school students the tips and skills of acrobatic rope skipping.
3 July 2011
A New Chapter in Hong Kong Rope Skipping History!
Summer vacation is imminent for thousands of Hong Kong students! To encourage teenagers to adopt an active, healthy lifestyle, the Coca-Cola All Schools Rope Skipping Awards Scheme 2010-2011* – organized by the Hong Kong Rope Skipping Association, China (HKRSA) and sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation – has gathered nearly 800 primary and secondary students at the Victoria Park to create a Hong Kong record of the most people skipping long ropes simultaneously during the Coca-Cola Records Breaking Festival. About 100 students have showcased their spectacular rope skipping skills during the Coca-Cola acrobatic rope skipping performance. The highlight of the event is the Guinness World Record breaking by 40 rising star skippers who are members of Hong Kong Rope Skipping Delegation. The young skippers, at an average age of 15 years old, successfully broke the Guinness World Record of the most people skipping double Dutch style.

Dr Raymond Sum, Vice President of HKRSA said, “Physical exercise can benefit both physical and psychological health, and support weight management – skipping for 15 minutes can burn around 150 calories. Rope skipping is one of the easiest exercises with many benefits. As one jump over the rope is equivalent to one jump carrying an object of the weight of the entire body, rope skipping reinforces muscle endurance and cardiorespiratory functions. It is an exercise which utilizes your hands, feet and mind at the same time and a simple way to enhance fitness level and agility. Rope skipping can exercise the whole body and help to develop a balanced physique; it also helps to increase metabolism and blood circulation.”

Ms Karen So, General Manager, Hong Kong and Macau Region, Coca-Cola China Limited, representing The Coca-Cola Foundation said, “Due to space constraints in Hong Kong, it is difficult to book venues for soccer, badminton, basketball or other activities. In view of this, rope skipping is highly suitable here. People require only a single rope to have fun with no time and space constraints. Skippers can create their own style and there is no limitation on the number of players. We’re honored to support the HKRSA to organize the one-year rope skipping promotion campaign. We hope it would reinforce the message of ‘LIVE POSITIVELY’ to students in Hong Kong.”

After the successful attempt, the adjudicator Mr Dong Cheng, presented the Guinness World Record certificate to Dr Sum and Ms So. The record breaking team constitutes 40 members of the Hong Kong Rope Skipping Delegation, ranging in age from 14 and 25. They successfully broke the world record set by 38 people in Madrid, Spain created in 2001. Double Dutch is a challenging rope skipping style. The players have to skip over two long ropes turning in opposite directions, which require high level of skills and teamwork.

During the event, nearly 800 students from 28 schools are grouped into teams of five, setting a Hong Kong record of the most people skipping long ropes simultaneously. In order to promote the benefits of rope skipping to more teenagers in Hong Kong, the HKRSA is also arranging seasoned coaches to visit local schools in June and July and invite students to jump long ropes together.

The Coca-Cola All Schools Rope Skipping Awards Scheme 2010-2011 has promoted rope skipping to more than 4,100 students from 24 primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong, winning great popularity among the students.