Summer sports a huge success in Wiltshire
The huge numbers of young people that took part in this year's summer programme evidences the popularity of the sports and activity in Wiltshire.Cllr John Thomson
Thousands of young people across Wiltshire enjoyed a fun-filled summer thanks to a range of programmes offered by Wiltshire Council. The Get Active holiday programme provided youngsters with the opportunity to take part in a range of different sports and activities in their local community.
At Wiltshire Council leisure centres, the Camp Activate holiday programme saw 4,841 visits to the six themed weeks; which included activities based around the World Athletics Championships, being eco-friendly, super heroes, movies and staying safe. Meanwhile, sports camps offered 668 young people the chance to try athletics, basketball, cricket, football and tennis.
The most popular session was the free swimming for under 16s, which encouraged young people to be active and healthy during the school holidays, and saw a total of more than 44,000 attendances at the county's 16 swimming pools.
There were also activities on offer for young people with disabilities; 81 young people attended activity days, including tennis in Corsham, athletics in Chippenham, and a multi-sports event in Salisbury of boccia, dodgeball, volleyball and football.
While some of the activities took place at leisure centres, sport visited 27 villages across Wiltshire with Fun in the Sun. These 90-minute sessions for children aged five to 11 were provided in partnership with Wiltshire Cricket and the Bath Rugby Foundation, and saw the children enjoy fun sports and games. Although the sun didn't always shine, the rain didn't dampen the children's spirits, as 994 children took part, and there was a total of 1,652 attendances an increase on the previous year.
The Fit and Fed programme, run in Trowbridge and Salisbury, developed by the sports charity StreetGames, to help combat hunger, isolation, and inactivity saw fun sessions run with Salisbury City Council. Anybody Can Cook, Tesco Farm to Fork, Active Trowbridge, Learning Curve and Selwood Housing helped more than 90 children learn new skills about heathy eating and physical activity.
Cllr John Thomson, cabinet member for leisure, said: "Encouraging young people to take part in sport, wellbeing and leisure activities is vital in helping them to be healthy and more able to socially interact with their peers and in their local community.
"The huge numbers of young people that took part in this year's wide ranging summer programme evidences the popularity of the sports and activity opportunities that were offered in Wiltshire.
"I am delighted that the council continues to support the free swimming for under 16s and by working with partners and other organisations we can provide these sessions that help young people to become more active and healthy."
Free swimming and Camp Activate will be provided in the October half-term. Find out more, including how to apply for a free swimming card. For further information about any of our sports programmes, please email email@example.com.