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Children enjoy a fun and active Easter at our holiday camps

(18 April 2019)

Over 200 children have enjoyed a fun and active Easter at our ever-popular holiday camps.

What are Easter holiday camps?

We run holiday camps in the February, Easter, summer and October holidays, for children aged four to 16.

They’re a fun and affordable way for children to be active during the school break.

This time, we ran nine days of camps at Maiden Castle sports complex between April 8 and 18.

Young people could choose from four themes: mini and multi sports for children aged four to 11; sports adventure; and dance and drama.

Among the activities on the mini sports camps were football, kick rounders and crafts, while the multi sports camps included tennis, American football and tri-golf.

The sports adventure camps, for children aged 11 to 16, included shelter building, fencing, archery and orienteering.

What did the kids think?

Harry Hopcroft, 11, from Durham, who took part in the sports adventure camp, said: “It’s been really good. It’s a great experience and we get to make new friends.”

Rebecca Armstrong’s sons Jacob, nine, and Harry, seven, participated in the multi sports camps. She said: “We do every holiday camp, they love it. It’s so varied – the number of sports and activities is amazing. They’re never bored and they come exhausted, which is great!”

Tell me more…

The camps are run by our staff and volunteers including our students and local school students.

Abby Howarth, 14, a student at Framwellgate School, Durham, helped run the mini sports camps. She said: “I found out about the camps on Facebook. It’s been good. It’s nice to see the kids happy and enjoying sport.”

Get involved

We’re currently investing £32 million in upgrading Maiden Castle. Once the project is completed later this year, there will be even more opportunities for community sport and activity, and the holiday camps will be able to grow further still.

Details of the 2019 summer holiday camps will be announced soon, here.