A sports camp initiative which helped uncover the talents of Sheffield’s London 2012 Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill is celebrating after reaching its 25th year.
Sheffield City Trust’s Kids’ Holiday Camps have helped more than 100,000 children get involved in sporting activities outside of school since their launch in 1990.
They first took place at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre in the city centre to give children aged between five and 16 the opportunity to try a sport while learning new skills and building confidence.
The activities include athletics, diving, gymnastics and swimming, or multi-sports camps, which involve tasters of a number of different sports.
Steve Brailey, SCT chief executive, said: “It is fantastic that our holiday camps have had such a successful 25 years and we are continuing to see more children than ever before wanting to get involved.
“We all know it can be difficult to keep young people occupied during the school holidays, so the idea behind the camps was to give children access to low-cost sports and activities they enjoy, or perhaps haven’t tried before.
“At SCT, our aim is to ensure local people, no matter what their age, have the opportunity to benefit from the activities we have to offer.
“The health of our young people today is an ongoing concern, so anything we can do to encourage participation in sporting activities, particularly outside of school time, is important to us.”
Camps now take place at a number of venues across the city, including: EIS Shefield in Attercliffe – a training base for Ennis-Hill; Ponds Forge; Hillsborough Leisure Centre; and Concord Sports Centre in Shiregreen.
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