News from South Staffordshire
Get your Children Fit for Sport this October
This October half term (24-28 Oct), South Staffordshire Council’s leisure centres are inviting children to take part in their ‘Fit for Sport’ school holiday activities which are led by one of the UK’s leading childcare providers. The council entered into a new partnership with ‘Fit for Sport’ in May after receiving such a fantastic response from the February and Easter activity camps which were trialled to encourage feedback from customers. The camps which are very much sport orientated have proved a real success with Fit for Sports goal to engage children in fun activities and educate them in the importance of staying active and being healthy.
Councillor Mary Bond, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services said: It is encouraging to see so many children taking part in the activity camps and great to hear that we are receiving such positive feedback from parents. With national statistics showing the rise in childhood obesity, it is fantastic that Fit for Sport are able to provide local children the opportunity to participate in a range of sports and keep them active throughout the school holidays.
Additionally, it is great news that South Staffordshire Councils leisure centres are now able to accommodate working parents and hopefully help relieve the stresses of childcare that the school holidays can often bring.
The activity camps are available as half-day and all-day sessions and are for children aged 4-12 years old. Book online now for this October to get your early bird discount at www.fitforsport.co.uk or call on 0845 456 3233.
Learn to Swim with South Staffordshire’s Swimming Academy
South Staffordshire Council’s leisure centres have been working with the Swimming Teachers Association (STA) since January 2014 and since the start of this partnership the swimming lessons have grown from strength to strength.
The lessons which cater for children from the age of 4 years, provide expert tuition for beginners through to advanced standards. With assistants in the water, great instructor to child ratios, and lessons running continually throughout the year, it is clear as to why the academy members are progressing so well and reaping the benefits.
Lisa Wilkinson (Parent of Swim Academy Members, Lewis and Libby) said: I moved my children to Wombourne Leisure Centre in January and was admittedly dubious about moving them. Although I had been unhappy with their progression at their previous swim school for some time, whenever I mentioned it, my daughter would get upset as it meant moving to a new pool with new teachers, meeting new children, and having a completely new set up, however it was the best thing we ever did!
The instructors have been amazing, with both children coming on in leaps and bounds, achieving numerous badges, and I am certain that the fact that the Academy runs during the school holidays as well as term-time has really helped their progression. Their confidence has grown and my daughter’s technique has improved dramatically. However something extra that Wombourne offer is lifesaving skills which are incorporated into the lessons which I think is so important! What used to be a real chore dragging them out the house for swimming lessons is now easy because they want to go! I initially put them in swimming lessons so they could learn to swim for safety, but since they have come over to Wombourne, it has become more of a hobby for them.
The children are also given Records of Achievement which not only encourage the children to do well but it’s great that I get to see just how much they are improving. The leisure centre also has a brilliant viewing gallery so you can watch them week by week improve, and the changing rooms are spacious making it so much less-stressful that it was at their previous swim school.
I would like to thank the instructors, assistants and all of the staff at Wombourne for making their lessons fun and enjoyable and if any parents are considering booking their children into swimming lessons, I would definitely recommend South Staffordshire’s Swimming Academy as they offer excellent value for money.
Find Your Way Forward to Health
South Staffordshire Council leisure centres offer a scheme called ‘Forward to health’ which has been developed to encourage people with medical conditions to take part in physical activity which will help to improve their health. The scheme has proved a real success attracting people with a range of health conditions such as high blood pressure, a high BMI, and diabetes to name just a few.
Someone who can explain just how our facilities have helped them is Forward to Health member, Naomi Floyd who said this: Not being one of life’s natural athletes, I tend to shy away from exercise but I’ve really enjoyed my Forward to Health sessions with Ant as I’ve learned how to work out in the best way for my body. I particularly like the fact that I’ve been constantly challenged to push myself & the reward has been the changes I’ve seen, losing weight & inches. I always used to think this kind of exercise is just an excuse for someone to shout & bully me but I’ve been proved totally wrong! As I’ve dropped a dress size & begun to feel better in myself in many small but significant ways (no longer out of breath climbing the stairs, not clicking & crunching every time I get up off the settee) I’ve started to regain a confidence I’ve not felt in years.
Programming & Promotions Officer Leisure Services
South Staffordshire Council
T: 01902 696525