Following on from the success of supporting children and young people with free sports equipment and activity packs during the summer of 2020, the Herts Sports Partnership was delighted to contribute to Hertsmere Borough Council’s free meals campaign over the Christmas holidays.
Along with hot food that was cooked by GMSP Foundation and Akshaya Patra, the Partnership provided fun physical activity packs for the children which were delivered by Communities 1st, local volunteers and local council staff. The activity packs included a frisbee, a reading book, a Skip2Bfit skipping rope with fitness challenge resources and a football which was kindly donated by the Hertfordshire FA.
HSP Project Officer Alex Varran, who leads on the Partnerships Active Local project for Cowley Hill commented:
“Last summer, findings from the Youth Sport Trust indicated that 13% of children from less affluent backgrounds had done no exercise because of COVID-19 and the restrictions that were in place, so it was a pleasure to be able to donate packs to the scheme. The activity bags were a real hit in the summer, and we hope that they were enjoyed by all recipients over Christmas. Thank you to the team at Hertsmere Borough Council for allowing us to join in with their Christmas campaign!”
James Jeffrey, Policy Manager at Hertsmere Borough Council said:
“The Herts Sports Partnership physical activity packs really helped to enhance the offer for the families who received the winter meals and helped us to feed their bellies and their minds. The packs were an extra unexpected Christmas gift for the families and from the feedback we received I know they were appreciated.”
In addition, the Partnership had hoped to be able to deliver several Christmas Fit and Fed projects across the county, but were restricted at the last minute due to the changing Covid-19 Tier guidelines. However, these activity packs did not go to waste, and were distributed to local foodbanks and community groups in Waltham Cross, Peartree in Welwyn Hatfield, Bedwell in Stevenage and Jackmans Estate in North Herts.
Herts Sports Partnership Director John O’Callaghan remarked:
“This pandemic is having a disproportionate impact on our most disadvantaged and vulnerable residents and so we were delighted to support Hertsmere Borough Council’s fantastic programme to provide food to those groups over the Christmas break. Falling physical activity levels amongst some of our young people as a result of Covid-19 is of huge concern, and to hear how well our activity packs were received and have been used across Hertfordshire has been nothing short of heart-warming.”
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