Free school holiday programme for Hemel Hempstead children

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Tuesday, 6th July 2021, 10:40 am

A coaching company is offering free places at a holiday sport activity programme for children in Hemel Hempstead who are eligible for free school meals.

Coaching me, a family run company in Hemel Hempstead, will be running the activity programme at Galley Hill Primary School for children from 9am till 4pm from Monday, July 26, to Friday, August 27.

Hertfordshire County Council has joined forces with the Herts Sports Partnership and the Hertfordshire Community Foundation, to organise a programme for the summer holidays aimed at countering the triple inequalities facing Hertfordshire’s most disadvantaged young people – holiday hunger, physical inactivity and social isolation.

The sport activity programme will be at Galley Hill Primary School

In an initiative funded by the Department for Education, Coaching Me will be running a free holiday sport activity program for young people aged five to 12, who are in receipt of free school meals - paid places are also available at £15 per child.

Emma Carder, from Coaching Me, said: "I feel sport and healthy living should be made available to all children despite your economic background.

"Sport has always been a big part of my life and it’s built long lasting friendships and helped my well-being when I’ve struggled with what life throws at me, I would like all children to be able to experience this whether it’s team or individual sports.

"Sport is so important for our children it reduces risk of obesity, increases fitness, improves sleep with the added mental health benefits, such as greater confidence, improved social and personal skills."

Coaching Me's holiday programme is a multi-activity offering a wide variety of choice for all ages and abilities – including fun games, team sports, arts and crafts, quizzes and outdoor pursuits in one fun-filled programme.

A pilot project was run during Easter, and the sessions for the summer holidays are now available to book.

Emma added: "Children who qualify for a free place will receive a unique code via their school and can book via the HAPpy website or paid places can be booked through, if you don't get a code contact the school and they should be able to help.

"We will be offering all kinds of different sports including rugby, basketball, dodgeball, rounders, tennis, football, athletics and badminton.

"We will also have fun team games and arts and craft activities."