BRIDGEND RELIEVES THE SCHOOL HOLIDAY BOREDOM

3 Apr 2009

Youngsters in Bridgend are being treated to more than just an Easter Egg hunt over their school holidays, thanks to a joint venture between Bridgend County Borough Council and the Sports Council for Wales.

Traditional sports such as football and netball are not the only things on offer throughout the two weeks of the Easter holidays, youngsters also get to try their hand at dodgeball, baseball, samba soccer and much more.

Organised by Bridgend County Borough Council’s Active Young People department and run by highly qualified Activity Leaders alongside the Sports Council for Wales’ 5x60 Officers, the Active 4 Life Easter Camps offer the youngsters and action packed programme of activities to work off all that chocolate.

Not only do the Active 4 Life Camps offer an exciting activity programme, they also introduce youngsters to the Welsh Assembly Government’s 5x60 scheme. The scheme is managed by the Sports Council for Wales and is designed to get more secondary pupils taking part in 60 minutes of physical activity, five times a week.

5x60 is the follow on programme from the lottery funded initiative Dragon Sport which provides extra-curricular physical activity opportunities within 94% of Primary Schools across Wales.

Andrew Thomas, Group Manager – Sport and Physical Activity for Bridgend County Borough Council comments on the benefits of the camps:

"The Active 4 Life Camps serve as brilliant transitional tools and are the perfect link for children leaving primary school and the Dragon Sport programme and moving into comprehensive school and the 5x60 programme. It is important that children remain physically active when this transition takes place which is why we link with the comprehensive schools and run our activity camps on their sites."

"This year we are excited to be running our first ever Welsh medium camp at Llangynwyd, the new Welsh School in Bridgend. It is great to see so many children and young people active during the school holidays and we hope this year will be even bigger than last year."

Chair of the Sports Council for Wales, Philip Carling explains:

"The underlying goal of 5x60 is to encourage those who do not take part in sport to get active. Activities are innovative and have been enthusiastically received by the young people themselves. This is particularly pleasing as the long term objective is to encourage them to continue to take part in physical activity as adults."

April’s camps will be running across four sites over the Easter holidays and sessions will run from 10am through to 3pm from Monday 6th to Thursday 9th April and then from Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th April at the following venues:

· Bryncethin Sports Hall – Ogmore Comprehensive School

· Llangynwyd Sports Hall – Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Llangynwyd*

· Pencoed Sports Hall – Pencoed Comprehensive School

· Porthcawl Sports Hall – Porthcawl Comprehensive School

*Bilingual camp

For just £40, you can keep your youngsters busy and active for the whole eight days. For more information on the Active 4 Life Camps please telephone or email