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Foundation To Deliver Free Healthy Activities And Food Sessions

Posh Foundation to deliver Free Healthy Activities and Food Sessions over Summer Holidays.

15 June 2021

The Posh Foundation continue their fine work by delivering free healthy activities and food sessions over the forthcoming summer holidays.

The Peterborough United Foundation are delighted to announce that they have been selected by Peterborough City Council to deliver the Department for Education’s (DfE) Healthy Activities and Food (HAF) scheme this summer.  The scheme is for free school meals children who are currently in years 5, 6, 7 and 8 and attend a Peterborough school.  The course is open to boys and girls of any playing ability.  All participant places are covered by the DfE, so eligible children can attend Free of Charge.

School holidays can be particular pressure points for some families because of increased costs (such as food and childcare) and reduced incomes. For some children this can lead to a holiday experience gap, with children from disadvantaged families:

  • less likely to access organised out-of-school activities
  • more likely to experience ‘unhealthy holidays’ in terms of nutrition and physical health
  • more likely to experience social isolation

As a difference to the Foundation’s usual school holiday courses, participants will receive a nutritious breakfast each day, complete fun educational tasks and have lots of opportunities to play football and other sports.  All courses will be delivered by FA and UEFA qualified coaches who will put on a variety of fun-based football activities. All coaches hold up-to-date safeguarding children and emergency aid qualifications and enhanced DBS certificates. Staff have also been trained in food hygiene to offer the very best standards of care and delivery.

Expressions of interest for children to attend this summer are now being taken, with numbers being strictly limited.

Sessions will be taking place at Nene Valley Community Centre, Candy Street, Sugar Way, PE2 9RE and will run 8.30am to 1pm on each operating day.  Sessions will take place Monday to Thursday on weeks commencing 26th July, 2nd August, 9th August and 16th August with attendance expected on each of the sixteen days.

Peterborough United Foundation's Community Manager, Gavin Slater, said "We are proud to be asked by the city council to deliver a HAF course for the city’s schoolchildren and thank them for opportunity.  We are really looking forward to delivering a great programme.  We are planning lots of fun activities around food and nutrition and will be offering food bags for children to take home each week to get the whole household involved in meal preparation.  The HAF courses addresses the issues of social isolation and offers opportunities to children that may not ordinarily attend a school holiday course event. There will be lots of opportunities each day to play football, make friends and importantly address physical and mental wellbeing.”

All expressions of interest can be made at https://officialsoccerschools.co.uk/peterboroughunited/summer-holidays-haf-expression-of-interest.html

Once forms have been received by Posh Foundation, places are checked for children’s eligibility by Peterborough City Council.

Enquiries and further information of the programme can be made to gavin.slater@theposh.com


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