The camps were the second set to be operated by the Trust as part of the activity supported by the NLT.
The three days of camps took place on Monday 30th May, Tuesday 31st May and Wednesday 1st June at May and Bakers Sports Club who provided their facilities at a greatly reduced cost. The camps were staffed by 5 D&R FC CT coaches and 7 members of the Metropolitan Police from the TSG and the Local Neighbourhood Teams.
In total, 80 children registered to take part with 25 girls and 55 boys. The registration process was closed when a total of 80 was reached. The children were aged between 6 and 13 years old and came from 16 different local schools.
The children came from four different ethnic backgrounds with 24% Black African/Caribbean, 20% Mixed Ethnic Background, 24% Asian and 32% White British/Irish/Traveller/Other. 12% of the total identified as ‘Disabled’.
Generally the weather was good, not too hot but with the odd shower.
All 100% indicated that they would come back if the camps were offered again.
All 100% identified to making new friends throughout the three days.
84% attended all 3 days, with 16% attending 2 days.
84% of the children gave the activities 5 out of 5 for enjoyment with the remaining 16% only 1 mark lower.
At the last moment the Trust received a request to take a newly arrived Ukrainian refugee for a day. The girl had arrived in the area only two weeks previously. She spoke virtually no English and was initially very shy. She left with a big smile, new friends and a big thumbs up.
The activities enjoyed by most children included, archery, cricket, football, handball, indoor activities, the Police organised activities and team games. The activities provided opportunities for the children, and the staff, to step outside of their comfort zones, develop communication and understanding, learn new skills and much more. Most importantly they were chosen to put smile son faces and have fun.
Below are just a few comments, in no particular order, made by the children and/or their parents about their experiences:
The boys came home every evening happy and tired.
I really enjoyed it, the coaches were friendly and amazing. I learned how to play new sports.
I really enjoyed the sports we played. It was nice and different to school.
My son felt so independent and confident.
I liked the camps and learned how to do archery and play cricket.
I enjoyed the multisport camps because I made new friends and enjoyed playing team sports.
I really enjoyed playing the different games.
I loved archery and wished we did it even more.
I loved all of it.
It was really good. I loved the teamwork.
I had a lot of fun.
I really enjoyed it.