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Free school holiday support enjoyed by families

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ACTIVITIES from tennis to drama and Lego building to netball were enjoyed by youngsters attending a free school holiday support scheme in Warrington held last week during the February Half Term.

The LiveWire-run Fit, Fed & Read scheme that offers families support during the school holidays was held last week at the Old School in Fairfield and at Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub

Available to children aged from 7 to 14, Fit, Fed & Read aims to provide structured activities and meals for young people during the school holiday periods.

It aims to reduce isolation, educate, empower and improve the health of those taking part in the sessions, which ran from 10.00am to 3.00pm Monday to Friday.

Altogether 19 children took part enjoying a healthy breakfast and lunch and taking part in activities designed to encourage them to work together and develop their communication skills and self-confidence. These included team sports and games, reading, Lego workshops, discussions on issues including bullying and community safety, food workshops and more.

LiveWire’s Sports Development Team is at the front of a national pilot around this programme, created by the Street Games charity. Families are referred to the scheme, which is funded via a range of external sources and grants including Tesco Bag For Life and Street Games.

Warrington North Member of Parliament Charlotte Nichols visited a session at Orford Jubilee Neighbourhood Hub on Friday February 21, and spoke to some of the youngsters who were attending, before enjoying a game of Dodgeball with them.

Ms Nichols, said: “It was great to meet the young people taking part in February’s Fit, Fed and Read scheme. I thoroughly enjoyed our game of Dodgeball.

“Holiday clubs like this are so important. They make sure local children and young people have somewhere to go, something to eat and something to do over the holidays. And, they bring our communities together.

“The Fit, Fed and Read scheme is having a hugely beneficial impact on the health of our young people – increasing physical activity, reducing social isolation over the holidays and providing healthy meals. I hope that many more young people will go on to benefit from future schemes.”

Paul Flannery, Community Sports Development Officer for LiveWire said: “LiveWire leads the way in Warrington with the delivery of regular holiday Fit, Fed and Read schemes. Our team works with some of the hardest to reach young people in the town and aim to instil key life skills, while giving them structure and support at a key stage in their lives.

“The February Fit Fed and Read project was a fantastic success. The children involved fully engaged in all of the activities provided and feedback from the group was excellent, all of whom said they can’t wait to attend the next project.”

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