Fun and games for children at Sportily summer camps

Published: Tuesday August 2, 2022

Sportily Holiday camp Hillview children playing footballSummer kicked off in style last week as the Sportily summer sports activity programme launched in Bibury and Hucclecote.

Over 40 Sportily sports camps are taking place across the county throughout the summer 2022 school holidays.

At the camps, children are able to try out and play a variety of different sports and activities which they may never have heard of before. They can make new friends and enjoy being part of a team all while having an amazing time.

Many of the camps taking place between 1 and 26 August are available as part of the Gloucestershire County Council Holiday, Activity and Food programme and will include lunch for all who attend. The Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme is funded by the Department of Education for those who receive benefits-related free school meals.

Group of children at a Sportily Holiday camp day 2022

One child who attended a Sportily activity exclaimed: “This was the best morning ever! I want to do it all again.”

Sportily is part of the LIFE vision in the Diocese of Gloucester and was commissioned by Bishop Rachel with a vision for transforming the Church’s engagement with children, young people and their families through excellent local sport and spiritual well-being provision.

“We’re really excited about this year’s summer programme,” said Richard Witham, Head of Sport and Faith for Sportily. “After an academic year where, supported by 55 volunteers, we delivered over a thousand sport and activity sessions, we’ve lined up the biggest summer of sports day camps ever. Our focus this summer is on ‘creating playful spaces all summer long’, we’re working hard to make sure that every child who comes to one of our activities this summer can have simply the best time checking out our motto: fluff it, duff it, score it, smash it, whatever you do, just give it a go.”

The camp days are open to children in school years 1 to 6. Most sessions run 10am – 2pm and include lunch. All events can be booked via the Sportily website, or through the Holiday Activity and Food programme website.

Also download the Sportily summer flyer to see all the dates.

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