A successful bid for almost £10,000 National Lottery Funding is helping your District Council run a 'healthy holidays' project for youngsters who live on the area's biggest housing estate in Matlock.
The Hurst Farm Healthy Holidays project has been providing physical play activities and a nutritious meal during the school holidays for more than 100 disadvantaged young people aged 5-16 years.
The District Council initiative is one of 500 projects sharing cash distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK.
Although The District Council recently outsourced the management of its four leisure centres to a not-for-profit leisure trust, the authority continues to run in-house a dynamic sports development programme in local communities across the Derbyshire Dales.
And to celebrate close of a successful summer 2018 holiday scheme, the pools at Arc Leisure Matlock were booked last Saturday (8 September) for a Hurst Farm end-of-summer pool party.
The District Council's Sport and Health Development Officer Becky Bryan said:
"As part of the bid we said we would do some day trips and the Hurst Farm youngsters said they would love to go swimming.
"On the bid itself, we undertook extensive research to ascertain the current opportunities for children in the district and the gaps in provision. This highlighted a strong need for children to socialise during holiday periods, especially with sessions providing nutrition and physical activity at an affordable price.
"We launched a pilot of the project at the 600-home Hurst Farm estate during the 2017 holidays, engaging with more than 50 children. Feedback was extremely positive and most of them said they would have been inactive, watching TV or playing on an electronic device instead."
Now, with the new funding, the project has just completed providing activities four hours a day, three days a week during the 2018 summer holidays. More sessions will follow throughout the 2018/19 academic year holidays through to Easter, 33 days in total.
"The project includes physical play activities, crafts, health and wellbeing guidance, day trips serves on average 75 nutritious meals per week.
"Our Sports Development team is coordinating the project, which involves three fully qualified sports coaches assisted by two volunteers from the local community who will develop their skills in coaching and working with young people."