Pupils’ record hoops
AFTER weeks of practice, pupils at Peterborough schools finally got their chance to try and smash a world record.
At precisely 12.02pm yesterday, 79 pupils from Old Fletton Primary School joined 700 other children from around the city in a giant “Hula Hoopathlon”, aimed at swivelling themselves into the Guinness Book of Records.
The youngsters – plus two staff members – took part in the hula hip swivelling, and attempted to keep the hoops elevated consistently for two minutes without touching or dropping in order to break the record.
School event organiser Suzanne Semper said: “Everyone had great fun, and something like this lets every child feel as if they have achieved.”
Other schools taking part included Orton Longueville School, Ormiston Bushfield Academy and Glinton Primary School.
The Peterborough leg was co-ordinated by the Peterborough School Sports Partnership, headed up by Sophie Jeal of Stanground College, which provided a number of schools with a set of hoops to practise ahead of the big day. The children were aiming to break the record for the most people Hula Hooping simultaneously in multiple venues, and with more than 8,000 children taking part across the country, hopes are high they succeeded. The last record was set on March 21 when 1,386 people took part.
Hooping mad: Jessica Smith and friends, of Old Fletton Primary School at the Hoopathon
in a Spin: Hannah Smith, of Orton Longueville School, shows how it’s done.