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Kids courses battle through rain

30 May 2013

Sky Blues in the Community remain defiant to the elements to keep holiday courses going through Whitsun

Sky Blues in the Community continue to deliver a wide variety of activities this week, despite the unprecedented Whitsun holiday weather conditions.

Children at the Alan Higgs World Cup football camp had a surprise when Sky Blue Sam continued his tour this week and popped by to say hello to around 60 children aged between 5 and 14. Over 30 children are also attending the World Cup camp at Higham Lane School in Nuneaton – although camps in Warwick and Bablake had to be cancelled earlier this week due to the adverse weather.

The Sky Blues Player Development Centre Elite teams are heading to London today and tomorrow, with 30 players each day making the trip to the capital to play a three way tournament against development teams from Arsenal and Charlton at Barnet Football Clubs training ground ‘The Hive’. 

The community ‘Inclusion’ team are also continuing to deliver their holiday programme in Cawston and Bilton in Rugby – sponsored by Orbit Housing – and the Children in Need funded ‘On the Ball’ multi-sport camps are still taking place every day in 10 areas across Coventry.

Young people aged 16 and over from the Sky Blues in the Community Kickz and On Target projects are giving up their holidays to  undertake an ‘Introduction to Youth Work’ training course at Sidney Stringer Academy today – helping the volunteers learn and develop new skills to support the mentoring of other young people within these projects and to promote volunteering across the range of Sky Blues in the Community activities.

Sky Blues in the Community are also offering football and multi-=sport camps at Henley College this week to people aged 5-18 with disabilities, funded by the Coventry City Council ‘Short Breaks’ programme.

Joint Head of Community Guy Rippon said “Despite the bad weather this week, we have continued to get into the local community and deliver a wide range of activities to people of all ages and backgrounds across Coventry and Warwickshire.

“Our staff are incredibly dedicated to ensuring our projects and courses go ahead even with this kind of weather – and that dedication really helps to make an impact to the lives of people in the area. We must also thank our holiday funders including Coventry City Council, Warwick District Council, Orbit Housing, West Midlands Police and Children in Need – none of this would be happening without their continued support.”

To find out more about the range of activities taking place during every school holiday period, you can contact the Sky Blues in the Community Office on 024 7678 6349.

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