Since the Grenfell fire, Fit For Sport, the UK’s leaders in engaging children through physical activity, have, and will continue to engage local children in fun activity during the holiday periods.
Over the summer, Fit For Sport worked closely with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to offer children a holiday camp at Oxford Gardens Primary School, located a mere 600 yards away from the tower block.
Around 60 children between the ages of 4-12 from the surrounding area attended the Oxford Gardens camp each and every weekday, with well over 100 local children attending at some point over the five weeks.
Now, Fit For Sport will offer an additional 100 free spaces to those affected this coming October Half Term. This will be funded by their charity partner, The Yellowball Foundation, who work to offer disadvantaged children access to sustainable activity programmes that will encourage, enrich and challenge them to reach their potential.
Dean Horridge, CEO and Founder of Fit For Sport, jumped at the chance to try and give something back to a community that has suffered so much as a result of the tragedy: “Physical activity is one of the key ways to overcome physical and mental trauma.
“By providing children, who have endured so much devastation during the last few months, with fun and exciting games activities during the holidays, was really the least that we could do for local families.”
In addition to this, Fit For Sport recently worked in partnership with Everyone Active to offer local children the opportunity to get involved in fun physical activity through their ‘Legacy Day’, a large-scale sports event for local primary schools, which was held at the new-look Westway Sport Centre on Friday 15th September.
Over 500 pupils from different primary schools joined together for a day to remember. The sports centre is a short eight-minute walk away from the Grenfell tower block and was turned into the epicentre of a vast relief effort following the devastating overnight Grenfell fire.
The children were joined by Olympic legend Helen Richardson-Walsh who was on hand to offer words of wisdom for the children participating.