In response to the “cost of living crisis”, it was decided to make our camps free to all this year and not just to those from disadvantaged backgrounds, while we also expanded the days from 18 to 28. Additionally, morning camps were run on eight mornings based in the squash courts.
These camps were a massive success with great engagement for the young people attending and universally positive feedback from the well responded to parental/carer survey. Over 150 primary aged children from our local community were able to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity that our club volunteers worked so hard to provide. Most of these young people attended regularly and there is strong interest in attending future camps. We are indebted to the unsung volunteers from each section who put so much time and effort in, and to the generosity of our funders, especially the HAF programme, Sport England and the Peter Harrison Foundation.
The majority of attendees were eligible to free school meals and 30% of those who were not reported that they had been dependent on the camps for childcare. Our club is delighted to have made such an impact with our community.
The camps gave opportunities to try all four sports as well as team building, health awareness and non-sports based physical activities. Pleasingly, significant numbers showed enthusiasm to continue with the sports that they had been introduced too.
These camps showed our club at it’s very best with all sections working collaboratively to the benefit of the young people attending. A typical day, might see an attendee playing tag rugby, having a tennis lesson, doing batting drills in the squash courts or tennis courts, playing dodgeball on the rugby pitch and cricket games on the artificials. The excellent coach to attendee ratios and wide variety of activities we were able to provide, were keys to such good engagement and feedback.
Now comes the challenge to find extra funding to ensure that we can keep making a real impact on our
community by continuing the programme for years to come.