Sports charity hosts holiday clubs in Grantham and Stamford to support families ahead of Christmas and teach primary school children about healthy eating
A sports charity ran holiday clubs that supported families in the area ahead of Christmas Day and encouraged healthy eating.
From December 20 to 22, Inspire+ ran holiday clubs in Grantham and Stamford to help support local families in the build up to Christmas.
Thanks to funding from Lincolnshire County Council (LCC), the Holiday Activities & Food (HAF) programme was running to provide families with an activities club for their children to attend, free of charge and including a hot, healthy meal each day.
Inspire+ hosted the clubs at Gonerby Hill Foot Primary and Belmont Primary School in Grantham and St Augustine’s Primary School in Stamford. The clubs saw over 110 primary school children attend over the three days.
The clubs had a range of sporting and physical activity sessions along with practical workshops in cooking from roots to food and musical workshops thanks to the LCC Back to Music Programme.
The Lincolnshire Co-op kindly donated a range of fruit and veg to each club which helped the children learn more about healthy eating. Children used the fruit and veg to make Christmas-themed art before eating them.
The final day of club was completed with a Christmas dinner. Other activities the children participated in included arts and crafts, dance, yoga, football, athletics, netball, cricket, and orienteering.
The sessions were supported by the charity’s volunteers from the Sports Leadership Academy and Apprenticeship programme.
Parents commented on how much their children had enjoyed coming to the clubs, with making new friends and developing a range of their interpersonal skills.
Operations manager for Inspire+, Chris Graves said “The clubs are a fantastic opportunity to support local families and give an unforgettable experience to the young people.
"We are delighted to be able to deliver these opportunities and it’s a huge thank you to LCC and partners for making them possible.
"To see how the children develop over the course of the clubs and interact with new friends and our staff is very rewarding.”
LCC have had confirmation that the HAF funding is going to continue for the next three years.
Inspire+ is positioned to be able to continue facilitating these across the area to serve the community.
The charity's #HealthyHappyActive sports camps also run alongside these clubs for children to attend to take part in a full day of structured sports coaching and competitions.
Information on February’s clubs can be found at the charity’s website: https://www.inspireplus.org.uk/holiday-sports-camp/