HAF Summer Healthy Holiday Camps have come to a close after a successful 4 weeks of exciting healthy activities.
The Summer 2022 HAF programme was built on the solid foundations of, Inclusivity, Variety, Movement, Physical & Mental Health, and Social & Life Skills.
Working in partnership with local providers such as Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Early Help, and Rotherham Healthy Holidays, we provided eligible children aged 5-16 the opportunity to swim, play football, dodgeball, cricket, basketball, to dance, sing, make music, and be creative, to learn about healthy food, develop social skills, be active, and develop fundamental movement skills.
The programme was completed in August with 4311 bookings across 9 different venues covering the whole borough having been taken. As well as 34 of our contracted staff, RUCST (ROTHERHAM UNITED COMMUNITY SPORTS TRUST) employed 49 additional staff and 14 volunteers.
We enlisted the support of specialist school staff in the form of teachers, TAs, and mentors to provide additional pastoral care at each of our venues during the summer, this was invaluable both for the coaching team, as it allowed them to concentrate on what they do best, and for the children, many of which had quite severe learning or social needs. During these challenging times, with the cost of living a worry for many people, this also provided a vital additional source of income for many of our additional staff.
We ensured that all participants were fed, once again using the school meals service to provide a packed lunch to every participant, every day during the programme. In addition to this we partnered with Fareshare South Yorkshire to provide additional fruit, drinks, and snacks throughout the summer, this allowed us to offer breakfast, break time snacks, lunch and often there was enough left over to allow participants to take fruit home to their families at the end of the day.
These camps are so important to the Rotherham community and the club, to show the support for our camps we invited Rotherham United Football Club first team players to come down to each venue and greet the children as they arrived. Signing autographs and answering questions about healthy living, the player involvement built up a lot of excitement for the children and the parents as RUFC captain Richard Wood and Hakeem Odoffin kicked off our camps in July down at Parkgate Astro.
Over the 4 weeks of HAF Camps we have been fortunate to also have special Rotherham United guests Dan Barlaser, Chiedozie Ogbene, Ben Wiles, Viktor Johansson, Wes Harding, Tom Eaves, Conor Washington, Cohen Bramall, Jamie McCart, Shane Ferguson, Joshua Kayode and Jamie Lindsay support our camps.
Community Programme Manager for RUCST, Jonny Allan said:
“Once again, we dreamed big, thought about the development of the whole child, what we could deliver ourselves and how we could utilise other experts to enhance the experience of our young people over the 4-week programme. It takes a huge team effort to deliver this project and we were delighted to add support from teachers, teaching assistants, learning mentors, experts in music, drama, dance, literacy, cooking, cheerleading, boxing and even e-sports to our already amazing team! Our young learners volunteered with us, giving up their time to develop vital employability skills.
We were once again supported by Places Leisure who gave us access to their facilities, swimming teachers and gym instructors and to Triple Threat Theatre Academy, Trailblazers Cheerleading Club and Dinnington Boxing Club for opening their doors to HAF participants, yet again offering opportunities that some children simply don’t ordinarily get access to.
The Rotherham Parent Carer forum supported our ability counts camp at Parkgate Astro, providing expert staff every day of the summer. This helped ensure each young person
We are thankful for the support of the RMBC Healthy Holidays team for providing the funding and the school meals service for helping is to feed 100’s of hungry mouths on daily basis and also to Fareshare South Yorkshire who provided fruit, drinks and snacks throughout the programme.
I am so proud of everyone who worked on the summer programme and grateful for their amazing efforts on behalf of the young people of Rotherham.
It just goes to show that at Rotherham United Community Sports Trust we are so much more than just football”
CHRISTMAS SUMMER HEALTHY HOLIDAYS
This Christmas our programmes are taking place at Aston, Maltby, Rotherham, Wath, Parkgate, New York Stadium and Triple Threat Theatre Academy. Once again, we will be offering swimming to children aged 5 and over, junior gym sessions to those aged 11 and over and a range of multi-sport activities. Parkgate Astro will host our ability counts sessions and Triple Threat Theatre will provide 2 days of creative arts in the shape of dance, singing, acting and art. Over at the stadium we will again give participants a taste of music, literacy, and healthy food as well as access to our new improved youth hub and health spaces.
19th – 22nd December 2022.
Keep an eye on our social media for more information on how to book on this Christmas.
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