Friendships forged at Swinton summer camp

James Legg, Health Monitor, Martin Reader, Course Director and Alex Fraser, Health Monitor, pitured with XLR8 particiants at Swinton Community School. Picture: Marie Caley NSYT XLR8 MC 2
James Legg, Health Monitor, Martin Reader, Course Director and Alex Fraser, Health Monitor, pitured with XLR8 particiants at Swinton Community School. Picture: Marie Caley NSYT XLR8 MC 2
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A summer course to give confidence to youngsters moving up to secondary school proved busy and fun in Swinton.

Run by Evolve, a social enterprise business, the XLR8 ‘transition camps’ include sport and themed activities to draw youngsters together,

Rachel Denton, assistant head at Swinton Community School, said new friendships fostered at camp are a big plus ahead of the new term.

She added: “The fact that the camp is held on the school campus ensures that students familiarise themselves with the geography and this gives them more confidence when they commence the new academic year.

“The XLR8 Camp has become an integral part of our overall transition arrangements. Students are fully engaged in the content allowing them to approach their learning with renewed enthusiasm in September.”

Ryan Cousins, deputy head at Kilnhurst Primary School, said: ““They children said they feel it’s a great way to meet others who’ll be going to the comp..They see this programme as a really positive experience.”

Evolve Health Mentors are currently deployed into 24 primary schools across Yorkshire to help develop strong relationships with pupils.