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Summer holiday sports activities

Summer holiday sports activities

With the Olympics taking place in Rio in August, Wiltshire Council’s summer holiday programme of sports and activities returns just in time, with a huge variety of opportunities for children and young people to take part in right across Wiltshire.   The popular sports camps include athletics, basketball, cricket, tennis and football, and are run alongside partners including Wiltshire Cricket and Swindon Town Football in the Community.   Camps are open to all abilities, regardless of previous experience. They are intended to be fun, enjoyable and inclusive, and provide young people with challenges, games, coaching and competitions to take part in throughout the week.   In addition the council’s leisure centre-based holiday activity programme, Camp Activate, provides hundreds of exciting activities for young people aged five to 14 during the school holidays. Each programme is packed with art, sport and history activities at affordable prices. The sessions are run by fully qualified staff in line with Ofsted guidelines, or trained professionals and have limited places to make sure they are run safely.   There is also the popular multi-sport, Fun in the Sun programme, which this summer will visit 27 places in the county for a weekly 90 minute session of outdoor games, activities and sports. This programme is aimed at five to 11 year olds and is free to attend.   Finally, free swimming for under 16s is available again during specific sessions at swimming pools across the county. Young people are required to register for this programme in advance of attending any session.   Whatever sport or activity young people choose while athletes from around the world are competing in the Olympics, there are plenty of opportunities in Wiltshire to get involved, get inspired and get active this summer.   Jonathon Seed, cabinet member for leisure, said: “With the worldwide spotlight on the most talented athletes in the world, giving children and young people the chance to be inspired and the opportunity to take up a sport or physical activity, is critical to developing healthy habits and active lifestyles.    “We wish all our British sportsmen and women the very best in Rio, and look forward to possibly discovering some new talent in Wiltshire, or simply encouraging and developing an enjoyment of sport and physical activity.”   For more information about any of our programmes please contact sportsdevelopment@wiltshire.gov.uk or visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/sportholidayactivities


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