It’s that time again – the six weeks summer holidays. For kids, it’s a seemingly never-ending time of fun and leisure – while for adults, it can be a stressful pain in the neck, as we lurch from one day to the next trying to keep our little ones entertained. We passionately believe that children should play sport and be active wherever possible – what better way to stay active during the summer than by playing sport? And with that in mind, we’ve rounded up a few of the sporting opportunities for your kids this summer.

All Stars Cricket

While visbility was a problem, those who did see England’s incredible ICC World Cup win can’t fail to have been inspired. It was sport at its absolute finest, and for any tournament on home soil its legacy is as important as the event itself. And so to celebrate England’s historic victory, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is offering 10,000 free taster sessions of the All Stars Cricket programme that provides children with a memorable first experience in cricket.

The ‘Have-a-Go’ taster sessions will be hosted free of charge, on a first-come-first-served basis, at over 150 clubs and venues up and down the country over the course of six weeks. To find your nearest session, enter your postcode here.

England star Moeen Ali understands the impact the win could have, and wants to help unearth the next generation of cricket talent. Moeen said:

Winning the World Cup was so special and it’s only now just sinking in. Seeing first-hand the support from young children at The KIA Oval the following day made us realise the potential impact our win could have on inspiring future generations to pick up a bat and ball.

If your daughter or son enjoyed watching us play and has expressed an interest in cricket, I would encourage you to head down to an All Stars Cricket ‘Have A Go’ session – it is a fantastic initiative that allows young children to learn the game and develop their passion for cricket. You never know what opportunities it may lead to, you might even lift the World Cup one day! moeen ali

All Stars Cricket is open to all boys and girls aged five to eight and each player will receive a free bat and ball, as well as a backpack full of goodies so they can practice wherever they go.

Activate Camps

Activate Camps is one of the leading providers of active and inspiring sport specific and multi-activity childcare in the UK. Over the last 13 years they’ve hosted over 125,000 children on their camps. Every year they operate over 150 camps across the UK, delivering multi activity camps, together with specific sports courses including the Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy, Netball Fever and Hockey Masterclass. Check out the vast array of camps on offer, and the nearest to you here.

Fit for Sport Camps

Running for over 27 years, Fit For Sport’s Kids Holiday Activity Camps are designed to engage all children from 4-12 years old through multi-sports, games, and arts and crafts so that they can keep active throughout the holiday as well as making new friends.

The Activity Camps are Ofsted-registered and run by trained professionals to provide school holiday childcare within a safe, supportive and fun environment. There are camps hosted all over the country – click here to find your nearest camp.

Aspire Active Camps

Aspire Active Camps ensure your children are kept active during the summer holidays in a safe, structured environment – giving you that vital peace of mind. Also Ofsted-registered, you can pay using childcare vouchers – making it that bit more affordable.

The camps are Ofsted registered, meaning that parents can pay using childcare vouchers, making for an affordable childcare solution over the school break. Find your nearest camp here.

Check Your Local Council Website

Many local councils host their own activities, so head to your local website to find out. Salford City Council, for example, host a range of stuff for kids of all ages and loads of other councils offer similar. It’s well worth checking out what your local council has to offer.


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