10 reasons to book children’s sport and activity holiday camps in the school breaks
With the Easter school holidays just around the corner, and summer not far on the horizon, too, many parents will be keen to find fun and rewarding activities for their children. A sport and activity holiday camp is a great choice.
Here we reveal 10 great reasons to book kids into a holiday camp this Easter and summer.
1 Camps for all ages
Many sport and activity holiday camps are for children aged five and above only. We welcome children from the age of four because in Scotland some children start school at this age and they want to be able to attend the camps with their friends.
If kids have already started school they are very welcome to come along to our holiday camps.
Children can attend up to the age of 16 – and we find that many return year after year because they enjoy Summer in City kids camps so much.
2 Get active
We all know that being active is the key to a fit and healthy life. Sadly, research shows that our children do not exercise as much as they should, nor as much as we would like them to.
Children have the chance to try a wide range of sports – both tradition and non-traditional – at Summer in the City children’s camps and this means they will have fun being active.
Kids can pick and mix from sports such as football, hockey, basketball, swimming, rounders, badminton, tennis and karate.
If kids enjoy an activity they are far more likely to try harder and to want to continue, which means they will be getting fitter while having fun (and, even better, without even knowing they are).
3 Learn new skills
Our holiday camps are not all about sport, although they can be if this is what kids want. We also offer a range of other activities, including drama, dance, singing and arts and crafts.
We try to offer as many of these activities outdoors when the weather allows because fresh air and sunshine are further aids to happy and healthy children.
Our aim is to encourage children to enjoy time away from computer screens and smartphones and to show them there are plenty of different ways to enjoy learning and being with other people.
4 Spend time with friends
Sport and activity camps are great for children who want to stay in touch with their friends in the school holidays. When school breaks up, many children say they miss regular contact with their pals. Going to a camp maintains this social aspect to their lives, which is especially important when research shows how many hours our youngsters can end up spending on their own in front of a screen.
Children will also be able to make new friends because we have kids attending our holiday camps from a variety of different schools and areas.
This is great for their social skills, as well as allowing them to learn about teamwork and camaraderie.
Some of our camps also welcome children from overseas and this means your children will mix with kids from different cultures and with other languages. It’s always great to see how they manage to communicate and integrate.
5 For confident kids
Children who have the chance to learn new sports and try new activities gain confidence from these skills.
Mixing with other children and attending a camp, which is outside of a child’s school and home routine, will also improve self-esteem.
Summer in the City founder and director Nicola Pitticas says: “It is wonderful to see how so many children bloom and shine the more time they spend at our holiday camps. They enjoy a new environment, learning new things and making new friends.”
6 Maintain a routine
Many children benefit from a sense of routine. Going to school provides this focus during term-time and kids who go to sport and activity holiday camps further enjoy a routine in the holidays.
Routines and timetables are helpful for giving children a daily structure and focus. It’s also good for parents because if children are kept active in the day they will be generally better behaved at home time.
7 Specialist staff
Parents can trust that all the staff employed by Summer in the City are qualified and experienced. Safety and child well-being are at the heart of our camps.
Every one of our coaches is part of the Protected Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme and we ensure staff-to-child ratios are continuously monitored to ensure there are enough coaches to supervise and keep a watchful eye on your children.
8 Times to suit working parents
Our holiday camps run daily, Monday to Friday, from 8am to 6pm. This means that most working parents have time to drop off kids before work and pick them up after work.
Childcare can be tricky to find in the school holidays, which is why our camps have proved so popular.
9 The price is right
Summer in the City sport and activity holiday camps offer budget-friendly childcare in Glasgow. Nicola says: “We keep our costs as low as possible and certainly we do not know of any other places that charge only £2.50 per hour.
“There is a 10 per cent discount for an extra sibling who attends the same camp, too.
“The national average cost for childcare is £7.33 and many nurseries charge at least £5 per hour. We have not put up our prices for years, too, because we want our parents to be able to afford high quality care for their kids in the school holidays.”
10 Peace of mind
Parents often confess that they feel guilty because they are not able to entertain their children during the school holidays because of time and money restraints.
A sport and activity holiday camp offers the peace of mind that their children are busy, active and happy.
Book now for Summer in the City
Summer in the City currently operates from two locations in Glasgow: Jordanhill School at 45 Chamberlain Road and Craigholme Sports Complex at 97 Haggs Road.
Places fill up quickly and it’s recommended that parents/guardians book places as early as possible. See book camps or call 07709 785 413.