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School's Out Returns

11 July 2013

The popular £1 summer scheme, School’s Out, is back courtesy of Notts County FC Football in the Community.

The local sports charity work in partnership with Nottingham City Council Leisure Centres to deliver a fantastic and affordable School Holiday scheme for 8 to 15 year olds.

The scheme that involves multi-sport activities runs at five sites over the city and caters for thousands of Nottingham children and teenagers every year. The award winning Football in the Community coaches deliver a range of sporting activities every day from 9am till 4pm, with the Council providing the locations and specialised staff (through “Ability Nottingham”) for young people who have Special Education Needs or may require a little more attention. The project was delivered successfully last year and was a roaring success with many locations being fully subscribed for the whole summer period. 

The young people involved will be encouraged to try and take part in a variety of sports, including; football, basketball, dodge ball, hockey, cricket and table tennis. The coaches also develop new games and tournaments for the young people to get involved in. Last year’s Paralympics inspired a range of activities around disability and sport, whilst another saw hundreds of children from all of the sites heading to Harvey Hadden Stadium to take part in a field and track event to celebrate London 2012.

Swimming is also available at all of the sites [may be subject to an extra charge at leisure centre rates], which is always popular with the young people and helps them to develop their swimming, as well as providing them with another fun activity. However it’s not all sports as there are also a range of board games, quizzes and arts & crafts available.

Locations for this summer are Southglade Leisure Centre (Top Valley), Minver Crescent Sports Centre (Aspley), John Carroll Leisure Centre (Radford), Clifton Leisure Centre (Clifton) and Portland Leisure Centre (Trent Bridge). The scheme will run from Wednesday 24th July until Friday 30th August, excluding weekends and public holidays. 

Pre-booking will be available from the 15th July for Southglade, John Carroll, Clifton and Portland via the Nottingham City Leisure Centre hotline on 0115 876 1600. Unfortunately there is no pre-booking system available at Minver Crescent. All children will need to have their City Card or show a proof of age to register (passport or birth certificate), and will need to bring a packed lunch, as well as plenty of water to get them through the activities and hot summer days.

Past School’s Out parents have said:

“It gets the children out of the house when there’s not much to do and it’s cheap.  Jake really enjoys it.  He couldn’t wait to come this morning.  He got up, made himself sandwiches and packed his own bag before I even got up” - Emma Trude 

“School’s Out benefits me as I work full-time and Logan just loves coming to activities.  It works well with how I work, with me picking him up and dropping him off when it starts and finishes” - Margaret Wrathall 


For more information people can call the Football in the Community office on 0115 955 7215 or they can visit our website www.nottscountyfitc.org.uk/schoolsout

Parents and teenagers can also get updates about School’s Out via our social media networking pages facebook.com/NottsCountyFITC and/or Twitter @NottsCountyFITC

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