The Challenge design and deliver programmes, one of which is the National Citizen Service programme, which aims to bring different people together to develop their confidence and skills in understanding and connecting with others.
We worked with The Challenge on four separate occasions over the summer taking on approximately 48 of their young people (aged 16-17) some of which had never worked with children before, to help them run activities and play games & sport with the kids.
One team of approximately 12 young people even managed to raise a whopping £250 for our charity partner ‘The Yellow Ball Foundation’ which offers children & their families the support, education & social tools they need to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.
Victoria Lawrence, who works as one of The Challenge’s Programme Managers was delighted at the impact that the experience had on the young people that joined up with the Fit For Sport Activity Camp:
"Our young people really enjoyed interacting with the children on the scheme. They learnt what it was to be a role model for a younger age group. They also learnt responsibility and commented on how challenging it can be to help supervise young children and keep them engaged with the activities."
Danielle Tobin, who works as Fit For Sport's site manager at Twyford, echoed Victoria's words:
"It's was a real challenege for the young volunteers to be thrown into the deep end having to work with the young children at the camp, especially considering that they hadn't done anything like it before, however, they really excelled and the kids loved having them around. Some of the young people showed real leadership qualities."
Fit For Sport are the UK’s leaders in engaging and educating children through physical activity and although we predominantly only work with children under 12 through our Holiday Activity Camps and School Services, we’ve always been dedicated to providing as many young people as possible with a positive start in life.
After all, it’s not just the younger children who we engage through activity that we want to inspire but also adolescents who want to begin their career paths. Our apprenticeship program has proved to be highly popular down the years and continues to be so till this day, with a number of our staff having begun as apprentices now boasting site managerial roles.
We are always on the lookout for people who are keen to kick start a career in children’s activity, to find out more visit www.fitforsport.co.uk/about-us/careers.