Holiday Activity & Food Programme: what's been happening this summer?
Posted: Wed, 18 Aug 2021 11:02
It has been a heartening few weeks with Olympic success on our screens, the Paralympics about to start and closer to home we have been visiting Holiday Activity & Food Programme and Opening School Facilities projects in Oxfordshire.
The wide variety of positive activities on offer this Summer is a pleasure to see and providers are working with real care to ensure that every child has a positive experience of being active as well as being with their peers and making new friends.
In the first two weeks alone ourselves and colleagues from Oxfordshire County Council have seen:
- Children learning to climb and to play Boccia at Carterton Community College with West Oxfordshire School Sports Partnership
- Young people from South Oxfordshire being trained as young leaders and then supporting the delivery of Summer Fun activities for local families in Sonning Common with Active Leaders
- Ignite Sport running multiple sites across the county, giving children opportunities to try a range of different physical activities, meet Oxford City FC players and learn about healthy eating
- Children from East Oxford experiencing swimming for the first time thanks to partnership working between Oxford Hub and Radley College
In addition, the Opening School Facilities fund from DfE & Sport England has enabled Cherwell Gymnastics Club to work together with The Oxford Academy to provide opportunity for young people in Oxford City to take part in Gymnastics for the first time, inspiring young people to enjoy moving and to learn and refine new skills.
All of this wouldn't have been possible without many people and organisations coming together for the benefit of young people in the county.
The impact of this work has been very clear and is probably best summed up by one of the activity providers: "the children said they were going to bed in their swimming gear and set alarms at 6am so they didn't miss it!...they're so excited to go back tomorrow...it meant so much to the kids"