Keep boredom at bay with free sporting activities

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THERE will be plenty of free sporting activities to keep boredom at bay this half term.

Worcester City Council has set up five-day programme across 14 different venues to help young people and families stay active and have some fun during the school break.

The activities will include cricket, tennis, football, badminton, volleyball, rugby, athletics, frisbee, parachute games and much more, with the sessions running from Monday to Friday, February 17-21 for two to 18-year-olds.

Steve Buchanan, sport development officer at the city council, said: “School holidays can prove a very expensive time for parents and families. These sporting activities are all free, on your doorstep, and will be carrying on, whatever the weather.”

All staff and volunteers at the sessions are fully CRB/DBS checked and all children aged eight or below need to be accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian at all times, while all children under the age of 16 must provide emergency contact details of a parent or responsible adult.

No booking is required.

For more information, go to worcester.gov.uk/holidayactivities or call 01905 722317.

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7:20pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Hwicce says...

Is this really good use of Council money when all the care activities for elderly and infirm are being cut?
Is this really good use of Council money when all the care activities for elderly and infirm are being cut? Hwicce
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8:21pm Wed 5 Feb 14

truth must out says...

Hwicce wrote:
Is this really good use of Council money when all the care activities for elderly and infirm are being cut?
Killjoy....trying to rob kids of having a bit of fun.
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: Is this really good use of Council money when all the care activities for elderly and infirm are being cut?[/p][/quote]Killjoy....trying to rob kids of having a bit of fun. truth must out
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10:16pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Hwicce says...

truth must out wrote:
Hwicce wrote:
Is this really good use of Council money when all the care activities for elderly and infirm are being cut?
Killjoy....trying to rob kids of having a bit of fun.
Don't mind them having fun, they can go down the park and play football, frisbee, tennis etc. or go to the skatepark, leisure centres any time they want.

I just don't see why the Council should be funding free child minding.
[quote][p][bold]truth must out[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: Is this really good use of Council money when all the care activities for elderly and infirm are being cut?[/p][/quote]Killjoy....trying to rob kids of having a bit of fun.[/p][/quote]Don't mind them having fun, they can go down the park and play football, frisbee, tennis etc. or go to the skatepark, leisure centres any time they want. I just don't see why the Council should be funding free child minding. Hwicce
  • Score: 8

10:56am Thu 6 Feb 14

Robot 3021 says...

Because those young people will be old one day? Encouraging them to play sport at a young age will make them healthier, and less dependent on care in older age? It keeps young people off the streets and out of trouble? It allows working parents to maintain a balance between work and holiday childcare, meaning they remain productive and earning money, which is good for the local economy? It produces a sense of community and fosters friendships beyond school?

Just a few possibilities.

It is terrible that funding has been cute for elderly people though, agreed. It shouldn't be one versus the other though, and there is plenty of genuine waste that should be attacked before schemes like this.
Because those young people will be old one day? Encouraging them to play sport at a young age will make them healthier, and less dependent on care in older age? It keeps young people off the streets and out of trouble? It allows working parents to maintain a balance between work and holiday childcare, meaning they remain productive and earning money, which is good for the local economy? It produces a sense of community and fosters friendships beyond school? Just a few possibilities. It is terrible that funding has been cute for elderly people though, agreed. It shouldn't be one versus the other though, and there is plenty of genuine waste that should be attacked before schemes like this. Robot 3021
  • Score: 3

12:03pm Thu 6 Feb 14

Hwicce says...

Robot 3021 wrote:
Because those young people will be old one day? Encouraging them to play sport at a young age will make them healthier, and less dependent on care in older age? It keeps young people off the streets and out of trouble? It allows working parents to maintain a balance between work and holiday childcare, meaning they remain productive and earning money, which is good for the local economy? It produces a sense of community and fosters friendships beyond school?

Just a few possibilities.

It is terrible that funding has been cute for elderly people though, agreed. It shouldn't be one versus the other though, and there is plenty of genuine waste that should be attacked before schemes like this.
That's what Sport England are for, as well as parents themselves.

Everyone seems to want everything provided (for free) by the Coucil these days. No one seems capable of making any effort themselves.

We'll soon have a generation who need to have Council provided help to breath (provided for free of course).
[quote][p][bold]Robot 3021[/bold] wrote: Because those young people will be old one day? Encouraging them to play sport at a young age will make them healthier, and less dependent on care in older age? It keeps young people off the streets and out of trouble? It allows working parents to maintain a balance between work and holiday childcare, meaning they remain productive and earning money, which is good for the local economy? It produces a sense of community and fosters friendships beyond school? Just a few possibilities. It is terrible that funding has been cute for elderly people though, agreed. It shouldn't be one versus the other though, and there is plenty of genuine waste that should be attacked before schemes like this.[/p][/quote]That's what Sport England are for, as well as parents themselves. Everyone seems to want everything provided (for free) by the Coucil these days. No one seems capable of making any effort themselves. We'll soon have a generation who need to have Council provided help to breath (provided for free of course). Hwicce
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