Kids get active during half term week thanks to Fit & Fed
Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) and CATERed have teamed up to beat holiday hunger, isolation and inactivity children could experience during half term week.
Mayflower Academy hosted the series of events that have been running this week where children are able to make new friends, get active and be fed a healthy lunch. The February Fit & Fed project is one of 10 projects running in 2018 which has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
Barry Mountstevens, Sports Development Coordinator in the Council’s Sports Development Unit, has been running the sessions with help from Ocean and Ashley from ProActive Coaching which has seen children playing football, tag-rugby and dodgeball.
Barry said: “The school holidays can be a difficult time for children, whether you’re home or hanging around with your friends – a lot of the time children are spending time indoors and we wanted to encourage them to get out and play sports with their friends.
“For some families it can be difficult to afford to feed and entertain everyone throughout the holidays, which are supposed to be a fun time of year. Children can be isolated if there are no affordable activity programmes on offer or can be at risk of going hungry because there are no free school meals. All the children who came along really enjoyed themselves and made new friends while keeping active and eating well.”
CATERed, the award winning school meals provider, provided healthy and nutritious lunches for the children throughout the week.
Brad Pearce, Managing Director for CATERed said: “Providing extra meals during the school holidays can be a struggle for many families and there is evidence that the city’s food banks experience a peak during this time. We want to help families in a relaxed and fun way. Fit & Fed is a fantastic project that combines food and physical activity in neighbourhoods where this help goes a long way.”
Kai 11, was one of those who took part in the week’s activities and said: “After the first day my legs were hurting me and that made me realise that I wasn’t used to playing so much football. I used to play for a team but usually in the holidays now I don’t go out a lot because I’m playing games or on my phone. Since I’ve been coming here I’ve started to really enjoy football again and want to play more often.”
Ocean White, who was part of the coaching staff brought in from local company ProActive had a great week with the children and said: “Fit & Fed is an excellent project and we at ProActive feel privileged to be working alongside Plymouth City Council and PCH to help make this project possible and give young people a positive sporting experience during the school holidays.”