February Half Term 2018
During February half term the programme shall be supported by continued funding from Sport England Small Grants. During the week there will be a potential trip to Redditch United Football Club as well as a host of activities. With numbers expected to remain high there is also the possibility that the programme will receive a visit from a local athlete.
October Half Term 2017
October half term saw Active Kitchen break records in Matchborough, with up to 40 young people attending each night the programme was running. For the first time a skipping coach visited the programme, this was hugely enjoyed by the girls taking part. With record breaking numbers the boys were able to take part in a successful 5-a-side football tournament. The programme was supported by St Vincent de Paul volunteers and West Mercia police. Also funded by Oakland International and Councillor Juliette Brunner.
The summer holiday provision expanded to other areas in Redditch which have high levels of deprivation and which liaising with local communities and West Mercia police were agreed as priorities, include:
Batchley, Woodrow, Church hill and Matchborough.
Each project did link with local providers such as; Redditch rugby club, Worcestershire County Cricket, Whatsyourpoint youth centre, YMCA Worcestershire and Redditch United Football Club. A combined approach between partners allows for a greater impact from wider knowledge of local areas and facilities as well as relationships with young people. In order to provide a healthy and delicious meal to young people, local volunteers from Churches together in Redditch, lead by charity St Vincent de Paul who provide soup kitchens in Birmingham have generously given their time to prepare and cook for the young people.
May Half-term 2017
With the target group of older children and young people due to the funding requirements the team worked in partnership with Arrow Vale Youth Centre and with the support of West Mercia Police to run another four day project in Matchborough; an area of Redditch with some of the highest levels of deprivation in the county.
With high levels of anti-social behaviour, involving young people in the area the Youth Centre and staff opened their doors to provide 4 evenings of sport and a hot dinner. Both the sport activities and meals went down particularly well with the young people, resulting in zero issues of anti-social behaviour reported, which was a fantastic result for the local community. Feedback from young people included 'all staff are amazing', and when asked what the best part was; 'food, rugby, getting to try activities, the people' and from staff 'it was one of the best projects I've been involved in'.
Easter Holidays 2017
Run in partnership with Acts of Kindness, REACH and West Mercia Police, the Sports Development Team ran a pilot project to get Redditch kids active and fed in the school holidays.
The first project of its kind to be run by the team in Redditch was held at Ipsley RSA Academy, Redditch the Active Kitchen ran from the 10th-13th April, with 26 children attending all aged between 5 - 12 years.
Children took part in a range of team building games, sports, Easter themed craft and enjoyed breakfast and a 'home cooked' lunch, served by police community safety officers from local West Mercia police teams .
The project was inspired by the Street Games initiative 'Fit & Fed' which aims to tackle the growing issue around children not receiving sufficient meals to support their growth and development when 'school is out' . This builds upon a study which finds that children can loose up to 80% of the physical fitness built up in the school year over the six week holidays, with sports and holiday camps out of financial reach for many parents.
The team hope that this will be just the start of initiatives to get young people in Redditch active but also to ensure they receive nutritious meals within the school holidays.
Sport England, Small Grants Funding
Building upon the success of the Easter pilot the Sports Development team secured funding
from Sport England, Small Grants funds to run the project over the May half-term and six week summer holidays to engage young people aged 11-16 across deprived areas of Redditch.
The Matchborough project also received a visit from World Champion boxer Kal Yafai, Kal spent an hour talking with young people and encouraging them that whatever they set there minds to they can achieve with hard work.
Many Thanks go to our Partners:
Arrow Vale Youth Centre
Redditch Rugby Club
Redditch United Football Club
St Vincent de Paul Society
West Mercia Police
Whatsyourpoint Youth Centre