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Get Ready for Camp with Fit For Sport!

  • Written by Oisin Fahim on Wednesday 22 June 2022 in the category Kids Camps.

With the next school holiday just a few more sleeps away, our teams are excited to open their doors and are raring to go for another action-packed holiday full of fun! We’re ready, but let’s ensure you are too! Here are just a few handy tips from us ahead of your child’s arrival at our Holiday Camps!

 

What to wear...

With sport and activity on offer each and every day - we suggest active wear that is comfortable and practical to tackle a range onsite facilities and terrain. From enjoying a number of pulse raising activities in our sports halls, heading out onto grassy areas for some track and field or getting stuck into the arts and crafts table to showcase their creative flair - children should also come equipped with layers, wet weather gear to ensure they can enjoy all areas of the Fit For Sport experience!

 

Don't forget your swimming kit for Splash Attack!*

Partnering with your local venue - Fit For Sport are delighted to offer exclusive daily splash attack activities for Fit For Sport children! By booking onto our camps children will enjoy all their favourite splash attack activities such as, aquatics, water polo, swim skills and much more. Ensure your children doesn't miss out on all the fun in the pool - ensure you remember to bring your swimming kit!*

 

What to bring...

  

  1. Packed Lunch - In an energising day, children will need to bring along a packed lunch to camp to ensure they can refuel throughout a busy day of camp. We recommend healthy options with a selection of proteins, fruit, veg and carbohydrates that will enable children to remain alert and active all day. There are plenty of sugar free snacks which can will also ensure children can stock up during our breaks such as, crackers, popcorn, dried fruit and much more!
  2. Water Bottles - Staying hydrated is key, especially as we enter the warmer months. Please ensure children bring along a refillable water bottle that is labelled with your child's name. We will always have multiple water stations located around the site and our teams will ensure children are reminded to top up with fluids throughout the day to maintain hydration levels!

 

Screen Free Child Experience

As the UK's leading experts in engaging children through physical activity, we pride ourselves on offering a screen free child experience by stimulating children through a our multi activity programmes.

 


Holiday Activities and Food Fund (HAF)

  • Written by Oisin Fahim on Wednesday 22 June 2022 in the category Kids Camps.

The school holidays can put extra pressure on some families, especially those that find themselves financially struggling and/or have children who receive free school meals during term time. Due to this additional pressure, during the holidays, children may be less likely to access organised out-of-school activities and are more likely to experience social isolation and unhealthy habits in terms of nutrition and physical health.

To help support families, Fit For Sport is proud to work with a number of local authorities to offer the Holiday Activities and Food Fund (HAF) programme. Click here to see which of our venues are running the HAF programme for the upcoming holiday.

HAF is the Governments response to the above issues. It provides funding to Local Authorities and childcare providers such as Fit For Sport so that local families in need of additional support can book their children into out-of-school activities. Launching in April 2021, evidence has shown that free-funded holiday camps can positively impact children and young people.

HAF is for school-aged children from Reception – Year 11, who receive free school meals.

To check your eligibility, click here.

Local Authorities also have 15% flexible funding to provide free or subsidised holiday camp places for children who are not receiving benefit-related free school meals but who they believe could benefit from the HAF programme.

This could include:

  • Children assessed by the local authority as being in need, at-risk or vulnerable
  • Young carers
  • Looked-after children or previously looked after children
  • Children with an EHC (education, health and care) plan
  • Children who have low attendance rates at school or who are at risk of exclusion
  • Children living in areas of high deprivation or from low-income households who are not in receipt of free school meals
  • Children in transition phases between nursery and primary school or primary and secondary school
  • It is ultimately up to the Local Authority to decide who would benefit from this.

The main aims of the HAF funding are:

  • To ensure children eat healthily over the school holidays
  • To ensure children are active during the school holidays
  • For children to take part in engaging and enriching activities which support the development of resilience, character and wellbeing along with their wider educational attainment
  • For children to be safe and not to be socially isolated
  • For children to have a greater knowledge of health and nutrition
  • We also aim to develop the understanding of the whole family on nutrition and food budgeting and signpost people towards other information and support via our family directory.

HAF funding is offered over Easter, the Summer Holidays and Winter. It is provided for the equivalent of 6 weeks over the academic year.

During our holiday camps, we offer children the opportunity to:

  • Develop new skills
  • Develop their knowledge
  • Consolidate their existing knowledge and skills
  • Try new things
  • Have fun and socialise

At Fit For Sport, we do this through our Whole of Child Philosophy, which is underpinned by our six programming areas. Using our programming areas, we ensure that all children are given equal opportunities to learn, discover and thrive whilst having fun.

During our holiday camps, we ensure that all children meet the minimum requirement of 60 minutes of moderate-vigorous exercise per day and have the opportunity to engage in other varying levels of physical activity. This enables them to develop their movement skills, muscular fitness and bone strength.

During our daily activities, we ensure that all children are gaining education and awareness of healthy eating and the critical role that it plays in their everyday lives.

Through our family directory and at-home activities, we also aim to educate the whole family on how to live a healthy and low-cost lifestyle.


10 Active Summer Day Out Ideas For The Kids

10 Active Summer Day Out Ideas For The Kids

“Mum, Dad…I’m bored” - an exclamation that’s no doubt all too familiar to parents across the globe. The summer holidays provide children the opportunity to unwind from the pressures of school and simply enjoy being kids. However, year by year, the six-week break sees more and more children locked upstairs in the bedroom, glued to the latest video games.


A Day in the Life of Ethos

  • Written by Isabel Hughes on Wednesday 26 July 2017 in the category Kids Camps.
A Day in the Life of Ethos

For children, the summer holidays – and resulting loss of routine – can often lead to increased inactivity, perceived television addictions, and general laziness. Fit For Sport is encouraging the next generation to lead healthy, active lifestyles, and I was fortunate enough to grasp an insider’s look into the infamous Ethos Camp, located in Imperial College London’s state-of-the-art sports centre, blogging about it to further inform our parents about what we do!



Fit For Sport go animal crazy with Zoolab!

  • Written by Oisin Fahim on Wednesday 17 February 2016 in the category Kids Camps.

This half term Fit For Sport partnered with ZooLab, the UK’s number 1 animal handling experience company, to provide educational sessions on leading a healthy lifestyle.


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