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Hundreds of children enjoy Durham University holiday camps

(16 April 2018)

Over 200 children aged four to 16 have enjoyed Easter Holiday Camps run by students from Durham University.

Nine days of camps were held during the school Easter holidays, from 3 to 13 April.

Young people could choose from four themes: mini and multi sports, tennis, learn to row and adventure.

The mini and multi sports camps included opportunities to have a go at cricket, volleyball, lacrosse, fencing, dodgeball, archery and much more.

Two tennis camps were held: a junior tennis camp for children aged six to nine and a development tennis camp for children aged nine to 12.

The Learn to Row camp was open to children aged 11 to 16 who had never rowed before. The young people sampled rowing on the University’s state-of-the-art facilities, including the indoor rowing tank.

Finally, the adventure camp, for children aged 11 to 14, included opportunities to try climbing, trampolining, golf, high ropes and skiing among other outdoor activities.

'A big help during the school holidays'

Brad Soutar, 11, who took part in the tennis camp, said: “I’ve really enjoyed meeting new people.”

Brad’s father, Chris Soutar, added: “It’s been a big help during the school holidays. It’s not just babysitting, they are getting out and about and getting active.”

The camps, which cost from £12 per child per day, were supported by 12 students and volunteers.

Tom Kitchen, Holiday Camps Co-Ordinator at Durham University’s Experience Durham, said: “As a University we have been running holiday camps since Easter 2013 and they just seem to get better and better. The new Sports Park developments at Maiden Castle will enable us to grow the camps still further and that’s very exciting for us all.

“The children have a great time, whatever the weather, and students – as well as enjoying themselves – develop valuable experience and skills. Some of our coaches are high performing athletes and they really value the opportunity to give something back in this way, it’s also a great experience for some of the young people to rub shoulders with athletes who may be stars of the future.”

'It's about giving something back'

Tom Clark, 21, a Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity student, helped run the camp. He said: “I want to go into teaching and this has been a great experience. It’s about giving something back.”

Lloyd Francis, 20, a Philosophy, Politics and Economics student, added: “It’s a nice way to mix with the local community and get to know local people.”

The University also runs Summer Holiday Camps. Details of the 2018 camp will be announced shortly. For further information, please visit: