A hugely successful half-term sports-themed community programme which provided dozens of West Midlands youngsters with access to a range of physical activities and much-needed food parcels is to be repeated in the run-up to Christmas.
Sport 4 Life UK’s October Sports Camp took place at Hodge Hill College in Birmingham during the autumn half-term break and attracted as many as 35 people a day aged between 11 and 29 from diverse backgrounds.
And following the initiative run by the charity which uses sport to improve the life chances of young people not in education, employment or training, a number of the participants are set to complete virtual sports leader qualifications.
The event will return in the third week of December at the start of the Festive school holiday for a Winter Sports Camp, but with the format to be dictated by relevant coronavirus restrictions at the time.
CEO and Founder of Sport 4 Life UK Tom Clarke-Forrest said: “On one hand it’s rewarding for us to be making such an impact on these youngsters’ lives and I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the October Sports Camp a success. But on the other, the level of interest in our school holiday camps is growing and that is testament to the intensifying challenges young people face as a result of the pandemic and economic downturn.”
He added: “We’re now planning to run a similar event in the lead-up to the winter break in December, however, we’re mindful that the pandemic may prevent sports activities. We’re thinking therefore that if that is the case we could be looking at a food programme along with online mentoring and support rather than physical activity. One way or another we will ensure we’re there for as many young people as possible this winter, assisting them to build a positive future.”
During the October half-term Sports Camp, participants received food parcels containing essentials such as cereal bars, fruit, crisps and bottled water.
Sporting activities including football, tennis and volleyball were provided along with informal mentoring throughout the week.