THE free summer sports programme run by Tamworth Borough Council has been hailed as a huge success – with 3,266 children taking part in 111 activity sessions across the seven weeks it was running.
Two ‘firsts’ helped to boost the programme this year – it ran for seven weeks instead of six and all activities were completely free of charge.
The programme was run by the council’s Sports Development Team, with sessions provided by sports clubs and groups throughout the borough.
Activities available throughout the seven-week programme were boxing, swimming, sky trail, crazy golf, rugby, bowling, cycle safety, tennis, water sports, street dance and ice skating. They took place across the borough, with venues at the Castle Grounds, Tamworth Boxing Club, Wilnecote Leisure Centre, Tamworth Assembly Rooms, Planters Garden Centre, Cliff Lakes and Tamworth Namco Funscape bowling alley.
In all, a total of 222 hours of sporting activities took place during the programme, provided by 11 clubs and groups.
A five-day rugby camp at Tamworth Rugby Club attracted 67 young participants – 70% of whom had never played the sport before. A number of them have now gone on to become junior members of the club.
The scheme also gave a big boost to the sport of stand-up paddle boarding, with the Central Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Club forming a weekly children’s club every Sunday, thanks to the interest generated by the summer scheme.
Councillor Rob Pritchard, Tamworth Borough Council Deputy Leader, said: “We are delighted that the summer sports programme has been such a massive success and pleased to see so many young people taking part in sport.
“The huge amount of positive feedback we have had from children, parents and groups taking part is testament to the success of the scheme – as is the fact that a large number of children taking part in the programme have continued with their chosen sport now that the scheme has ended.
“We will continue to build on the success of the programme and make sure that next year’s is even bigger and better. We would also like to thank all the sports clubs from across the borough who were involved in the scheme for all their hard work.”