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Parents and carers of schoolchildren in receipt of benefits related free school meals are being encouraged to sign-up to a series of free holiday camps being delivered across Oxfordshire this Christmas.
Delivered by Oxford-based Ignite Sport as approved delivery partners for Oxfordshire County Council, the Holiday Activity and Food programme (HAF) provides fun activities and food for free to eligible pupils in reception to year 11.
This festive period, Ignite Sports team of experienced and qualified teachers and coaches will host sessions between 9am-3pm on Wednesday, December 21, until Friday, December 23 at three locations.
They include the RAW Charging Stadium in Marston, Langford Village School in Bicester and Witney Community Primary School. Sessions are suitable for participants aged four to 16 and help develop key skills including teamwork, creativity, communication and problem solving via fun and engaging activities.
The programme is championed by Manchester United and England footballer Marcus Rashford and last year engaged 730,000 children across the UK.
Andy Francis, Active Communities Manager at Ignite Sport, hopes to see as many eligible youngsters as possible sign-up and start the festive season with a bang.
“We have so much fun delivering our HAF programmes during the spring, summer and winter holidays,” said Andy. “Our Camps are thoughtfully structured to accommodate participants of all sporting ability so everyone can thrive and make new connections in a fun environment.
“We’re particularly mindful many people are going through tough times financially, and HAF can help ease the strain on families of eligible children by providing a fun, free and engaging day out.
“Spaces remain available to book and we would encourage eligible families to take advantage of this excellent provision which provides healthy food plus activities to children so they can stay active during the holidays.”
All children and young people who attend Ignite Sports HAF programmes will receive a free healthy and balanced lunch.
Activities on offer include Art, Football, Multisport and our popular teen football focused ‘Game Tech’ . To enquire about eligibility you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ignitesportuk.com/haf