Category Archives: School Holidays

Easter Holiday Fun For Grove Pupils

Pupils in Handsworth had hours of fun over the Easter break whilst boosting their maths skills and confidence.

Over 20 pupils from Grove Primary School took part in a holiday programme that included Level One and Two Bikeability as well as the Maths Through Sport programme.

Marc Russell who manages the Maths Through Sport programme was delighted with the children’s progress and said “The children worked extremely hard over the two weeks and gained lots more confidence in maths which will help them during their SATS.”

Marc continued “It was also great to give them an opportunity to become competent cyclists and gain a recognised Bikeability qualification. The school are big advocates of physical activity and this week has reinforced that.” 

Click here to view images from the two week programme.

Aspire Sports run bespoke school holiday programmes throughout the year to help schools achieve their goals. If your school is interested in running a school holiday scheme then please contact us.

National News Appearance

Aspire Sports welcomed ITV national news team to their Active Camps programme this summer.

Children attending the popular Sutton Coldfield venue were quzized about their physical activity habits.

The story was reacting to a recent study that showed half of all UK seven-year-old’s do not do enough exercise.

University College London researchers found just 51% of the 6,500 children they monitored achieved the recommended hour of physical activity each day. Worryingly, girls were just 38%, compared with 63% for boys. And half of the group spent more than six hours being sedentary each day.

Aspire Sports appear on ITV National News

Aspire Sports on ITV National News

A story on the BBC website investigates the story in more detail:

Report author Professor Carol Dezateux: “You need to get moving early… to stay active”

Prof Carol Dezateux, one of the lead authors, said: “There is a big yawning gap between girls and boys. We need to really think about how we are reaching out to girls.

“The school playground is an important starting point. Often you will find it dominated by boys playing football.”

But she said there should still be concern about the activity levels across the board.

“The findings are particularly worrying because seven-year-olds are likely to become less active as they get older, not more.”

To achieve the one hour recommendation children have to take part in moderate or vigorous activity, which includes everything from brisk walking and cycling to playing football and running.

The UCL research is not the first to suggest children are not active enough, but most previous studies have relied on self-reporting by children or parents estimating levels of exercise, whereas the latest one involved real-time monitoring.

During the study, which took place during 2008 and 2009, youngsters wore an accelerometer to measure exercise levels which was attached to an elastic belt around their waist. It was removed only when bathing or when the children went to bed.

In total, the experts were able to record more than 36,000 days of data based on the children wearing the accelerometer for at least 10 hours a day over the course of a week.

Dr John Middleton, of the Faculty of Public Health, said more research was needed into why certain groups were less active.

“We need our children to grow up to be fit and healthy adults, not just because it’s what any civilised society would want for its children, but it’s also best for our economy too,” he added.

Dr Ann Hoskins, of Public Health England, agreed.

She said: “This study highlights that there is still much to do to keep children and young people active as they grow older, especially girls.

“The new school year is the perfect time to make healthy changes, swapping short car or bus journeys with walking or scooting to school.”

Activity Beats Coming Soon

With nine programmes currently running at six of our venues every school holiday, the question is could there be anymore?  Well the answer is yes!

Aspire Active Camps are delighted to announce the arrival of the new and exciting C-Sharp Music Academy.

Using a wide variety of fun games and combining physical activity and music, the C-Sharp Music Academy programme is something new, innovative and never seen before.

A typical day involves drumming workshops, fun music themed games, learning to conduct a band and much more.

If children have their own instrument then great, if not, parents need not worry, as the C-Sharp Music Academy inspires children to learn a variety of instruments through interactive programmes teaching rhythm techniques and basic music principles.

The C-Sharp Music Academy will be making its first appearance at Hagley Active Camps this Whitsun half term. Click here to book now.

If you would like more information about the C-Sharp Music Academy or any of other Active Camp programmes click here.

A New Programme Arrives This Easter …

With bookings hopping in like an Easter bunny on chocolate, Active Camps are preparing for a busy holiday period.

Keeping in line with February half term’s great offer we are giving customers the opportunity to purchase the ever so popular Flexi Pass.

The Flexi Pass allows customers to purchase 5 days of childcare at a discounted rate of £75 and allows them to take those 5 days when they suit.  Click here for more information, or to book your Flexi Pass now.

Meanwhile, Active Camps customers can now enjoy a new programme.  The Mini Camps programme has been designed to target children aged 4-5 and is based on the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.  Furthermore, built into the Mini Camps programme is a Balanceability course which helps children make the transition from a balance bike to an ordinary pedal bike in a fun yet safe environment.

For more information on the new Mini Camps programme click here

New programmes coming to Active Camps

Aspire Active Camps are delighted to announce the arrival of two new activities to Active Camps this February Half Term. Both the Aspire Hockey Academy and Active Leaders programme will launch at Sutton Coldfield venue.

The Aspire Sports Hockey Academy is a two day programme aimed at all hockey fanatics. Your child will be put through their paces by Hockey coaches Marc Edwards and Martin Ebbage who both currently play at international level. The programme aims to develop fundamental hockey skills such as shooting, attacking the D and drag flicking plus much more.

The Active Leaders Award has been introduced to make a real, positive difference to the lives of young people aged between 12-15 years. The award helps participants to take a leading role in our Active Camps programme whilst also gaining the recognition for the skills they will be learning. Organisation and communication are just two of the key essential skills that are developed throughout the programme which also encourages high self-esteem, personal growth and most importantly promotes physical activity.

Danny Maskell our School Holiday Co-ordinator had the following to say about our two new arrivals to Active Camps,

“Our main aim at Aspire Sports is to always satisfy our customers. Introducing two new activities to our Active Camps not only increases the variety at our Camps, but it also shows how Aspire Sports are always looking for ways to engage young people in physical activity and sport.”

“However we will not stop here, and we already have something interesting planned in Easter and are always looking for ways to improve and add value to our School Holiday programme.”

Coming Soon…….

Alongside the two new programmes discussed above, we also have something brand new and exciting for our Easter Active Camps. Keep a look out on our website to see what’s coming to an Active Camps venue near you!

If you would like some more information about any of the Aspire Active Camp programmes click here or call08455 08 27 34