With the rain of May behind us, our half-term camps began with blue skies and hot sunshine. After a very busy Easter holidays, we were happy to welcome both new and old faces to our camps across South Devon and Plymouth for another week of exciting activities and health education. We were very excited to be able to add to our existing programme with more nutrition education and support than ever, once again working closely with Tamar Fresh and Devon Council.
Click here for our Healthy BBQ recipes for you and your family to enjoy.
Also, try our “Kickstart your Health Kick” challenge and see can you bring 5 a day of fruit and veg to your healthy lifestyle.
Fundamental Movement Skills Made Fun
As usual, our coaches had been busy planning some new and exciting games to add to our fun packed days, where we aim to develop skills through various sports and physical activities. With a hugely disrupted year, we have been eager to introduce children to new sports that they may not get the opportunity to try out in schools. We were able to introduce tag-rugby, athletics, basketball, netball and many other sports to our camps however, the clear favourite remains our “Nerf Wars”.
As much fun as it is for the children to be able to safely shoot Nerf guns at each other and build exciting bases, this activity actually includes many fundamental movement skills required in every-day life and physical development. From running to jumping, agility to flexibility, a full range of motion is in action.
Free Camp and BBQ
With the support of funding from Devon Council, we delivered a spectacular FREE day at Salcombe Primary School on the Thursday of half term. We welcomed 63 children to an exciting day of activities, with the afternoon focused on educating the group on healthy eating and food preparation.
The children got to play a part in making healthy vegetable skewers and healthy burgers for the family BBQ at the end of the day. We were really delighted to have Gemma from the Galley Girls, a local catering company to the South Hams, as our recipe guru and head chef for the afternoon. Gemma gave up her time completely free of charge showing what community spirit is all about.
We invited all parents and siblings to join us for the BBQ, which was also completely free of charge, to cap off a great day. On top of this, we also gave out a free veg box to each family who attended to take home, alongside a couple easy but healthy recipes for them to try. We have been working hard to make sure the reach of our camps does not finish when the children go home. It is important for us to reach out into the community to promote health and well-being as much as we can. We are driven by our slogan of Knowledge Through Sport and believe we have a huge opportunity to educate the next generation through the core values and engaging qualities of sport and activities.
Looking Forward to Summer
After another successful week of camps, our focus turns to the summer holidays. We are excited to say that we will be bringing our camps to more venues than ever before across Plymouth and South Devon as we continue our partnership with local councils through the Holiday Activities and Food programme (known as the Fit & Fed programme in Plymouth). Our new camp venues can be found on our website on our Holiday Camps page.
Another exciting development for the summer holidays is the first ever EOLAS+ inclusion camps, looking to offer physical activity and promote health to SEND pupils. We have specially trained coaches planning fun activities that can be enjoyed by all. These camps, also backed by the Fit & Fed programme are to be ran from Woodlands school. Details coming very soon
David, Tony and all the team at Tamar Fresh have a great vision in supporting the community through healthy produce and education of sustainability. They’ve helped with supplying our “Healthy Happy Meals” which have been a big hit with the children. We have some great plans for how we work together in the future, so watch this space!!
We approached Gemma, who’s children regularly attend our camps, when our planned Free day was approved and ready to roll. She didn’t hesitate to lend a hand with everything food! From coming up with the menu’s to showing the methods on how to follow recipes, right to cooking the BBQ for all the families, Gemma came up trumps and we owe her a huge thank you. We know how busy people are so when people make special efforts to make days like these better for others we really appreciate it.
Plymouth and Devon Council
Last but not least, a huge thank you to the Plymouth City Council and Devon County Council who have put their faith in our services and increasingly supported our community drive over the past few months.
We have a huge summer ahead thanks to both councils and we really appreciate the support and confidence they have shown in what we are trying to do for others.
We look forward to the HAF/Fit & Fed Summer programmes and all the joy they bring.
See you all very soon!