School Holiday Sports Schemes Extended Throughout 2013

playschemeA scheme which attracted more than 3,200 children to take part in fun sports activities during the school summer break, in 2012, was such a success that it is now being extended to all school holidays.

Following the huge success of last summer’s Olympic Torch event, Tamworth Borough Council’s Sports Development team revamped and updated its school summer holiday activity scheme, linking in with sports clubs across the borough to offer exciting new sporting opportunities in professional venues, led by qualified coaches.

Activities available in last summer’s six-week Playscheme programme included athletics, boxing, football, gymnastics, skateboarding, zumba, street dance, stand-up paddle boarding and tennis.

The changes to the scheme and the partnerships with sports clubs led to a huge increase in the number of children aged five years and upwards taking part in the activities.

Last summer, 3,272 youngsters attended the scheme, compared with 1,490 in the previous year, an increase of 120%.

The clubs involved also benefited from taking part in the scheme, through extra income, increased interest in their sport and the ability to promote their facilities.

Now, based on the success of the summer scheme, it is to be extended to all school holidays throughout the year, allowing even more opportunities for Tamworth children to get involved with physical activities and boost their health.  Programmes of activities aimed at adults and disabled people will also be extended and increased across the borough.

The decision to extend the scheme was unanimously approved by the council’s Cabinet at its meeting last week.

Cllr Steve Claymore, Cabinet member for Economic Development, said, “This is a really valuable scheme which allows us to offer multiple activities at a low cost in professional environments.  It encourages participation in sport and promotes a healthy lifestyle, and makes it available to everyone.

“I am delighted that we are now able to extend the scheme throughout the year, as well as increasing our sports activities for adults and people with disabilities.”

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