ActivAte holiday programme
We are pleased to offer free places on the Essex ActivAte Holiday programme for children who are eligible for benefits-based free school meals a both Chelmsford Sport and Athletics Centre (CSAC) and South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre (SWFLC).
Children can expect a fun-filled day led by our energetic coaches. Our activities range from team games, enrichment activities, exploring nutrition, and taking part in sports activities. Children aged eight and above can also take part in swimming sessions at SWFLC.
This program is aimed at children who are a part of the Free School Meals Programme, who are aged between 4 and 12 for SWFLC and 5 to 11 for CSAC (primary school years 1 to 6).
The sessions run from Monday 3 to Thursday 6 April and Tuesday 11 to Friday 14 April 2023.
Chelmsford Sport and Athletics Centre
The session run from 10am to 2pm.
We have spaces for 30 children in total, with 26 spaces for children on free school meals and 4 for children from low-income families.
South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre
The sessions are from:
- 9am to 12.30pm for children aged 4 and 5
- 9am to 5pm for children aged 6 to 12
You should have received a booking link via your child's school.
You must have a confirmed place on the course for your child before you arrive. We cannot accept children on courses outside of the specified course age range, for safety and insurance purposes. If you have not booked a session, they will not be able to attend.
You will need to provide information about your child’s medical conditions and food allergies, and you will also need to give us your emergency contact details.
If you have any questions before the course starts, you can contact CSAC or contact SWFLC.
You need to arrive 10 minutes before your child's course is due to start. When you first drop your child off at any of our courses, you'll need to register them and sign them in.
We will ask you to provide a password and emergency contact number. They'll also check whether your child has any medical conditions, allergies or are taking medication. We will then issue you with a wristband which you will need to put on your child.
You should make sure that whoever is collecting your child knows the password you provided at registration. We cannot send a child home with anyone who doesn't know this.
You will need to collect your child from courses early if they are:
- outside the specified age range for the course
We do not allow any tablets, MP3 players or handheld computer games while on our courses, so please do not bring them. Children can only use mobile phones in an emergency.
Food and drink
You should make sure your child has a water bottle and enough water with them for the duration of their course.
Your child needs to be wearing suitable clothing and shoes for their course. They should also have water and sunscreen if the weather is hot.
Please let us know, both when booking your course, and on the day, if your child has any medical conditions. This should include any medical information which may affect them taking part, or if they are taking any medication which they may need during their time with us.
A parent or guardian must give a contact number which they are always contactable on, in case of an emergency.
Children with additional needs
If your child requires any additional support or has accessible needs, please let us know when you book. We can make sure the course is suitable.
Once you have booked a session, you cannot change the date or venue. Whilst every effort is made to ensure all courses run, courses that have less than the minimum number of participants required may be cancelled.