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We're a company dedicated to providing more positive opportunities for children to take part in physical activities. We've been working with schools and community groups for 14 years all across Yorkshire and we are committed to increasing and improving the experiences children have of physical activity. Although we are not child care (we are classed as an activities provider) we have had our policies vetted and approved by a number of local authorities, partners in education and the community to ensure kids are safe and having a good experience.
We will of course do everything we can to make sure our sessions are safe and reduce the risk of transmission of COVID19 as much as is possible. We have adapted our processes and sessions in line with current guidance for schools and will continue to monitor the situation as things change. We will be providing parents with an email detailing specific instructions for each venue 2 days before the start of the clubs.
We ask that the children come to our clubs with sensible footwear and clothing for the activity they are going to be doing, so that usually means something like a PE kit and trainers. We do ask parents not to send kids in denims and to send them with clothing appropriate for the weather as the club may be outdoors. If it's a holiday club, they should also bring a packed lunch and a drinks bottle with non-fizzy drinks.
As you are aware we are at the mercy of the weather and, while we will take them inside if it gets too bad, we do try to keep them outside in the fresh air as much as possible. With this in mind we would ask that you consider a few suggestions that may enhance their experience of winter activities...
They are not essential and we don't want you to feel pressured into buying kit, these are simply suggestions and we're not expecting you to replace perfectly good kit you already have!
Astroturf trainers - with footwear it's all about grip, so the ones you want to go with have the small rubber pimples or tiny studs on the bottom - if you go in to a sports shop ask specifically for astroturf trainers and they'll show you what we mean - a lot of fashion trainers simply don't provide enough grip for running and turning because they are... well fashion trainers!
Gloves (because they are furthest away from the core you lose lots of heat through your hands!)
Base layers (also known as under amour) you can get some quite funky ones!
It's also a good idea for the kids to bring in a towel and a change of clothes - I know it's a lot to carry, so if you want to bring it with you when you collect the kids that's fine too - understandably they don't want to get changed back into their school uniforms!
On the sunny days (both of them) we get in this country it's important that the kids have sun cream on, so please lather them up before you send them to our clubs, and pack a hat too.
Whilst most of our clubs are hugely popular, unfortunately, from time to time, we get a low take up at a particular club (for whatever reason). When this happens we do everything we can to make sure the club still goes ahead and as part of that we reserve the right to change the activity to suit the group we have. For example if we have three children on a football club and four on a sports club, we may feel it makes sense to put the groups together to try and make it an enjoyable experience for everyone. It's incredibly rare that we ever cancel clubs, but if the numbers are just too low we may have to. If this happens we will try to offer parents places at an alternative venue, but if that doesn't work for them, we do issue a refund if we cancel a club.
We do everything we can to make sure that everyone has fun at our sessions, but occasionally children can be mean to one another. We operate a zero tolerance policy and when any instance is witnessed or reported to us, our coaches will speak to the children involved and to the parents of those children. If we find out that bullying has taken place we reserve the right to ask parents to collect their children and to bar them from attending our clubs in the future.
Once you've booked, simply send your children with the things they'll need (usually no more than a PE kit) and tell them that they will need to go to the school hall at the end of the school day. Our coach will be there with a register (and all the medical and contact information for the kids who have been booked on). Then, 1 hour after the school day finishes, come and collect them from the school hall. The coaches will sign the kids out when you collect them, so please don't sit in the car park as unless you have told us that your child can walk home, we won't let them out without seeing you.
The focus of our clubs is for everyone to have fun and to take part, so we encourage everyone to join in and play lots of different sports, games and activities to get the kids moving and smiling. A typical day at a holiday club would see us all together for a big group warm up after registration, then the day would be filled with packed 1 hour long slots, each focussing on a different sport or game. We have lots of quick water break and then we are back at it! We play games like football, cricket, tennis and basketball, but we’re also having treasure hunts, capturing flags and raiding the wizards castle. After lunch we tend to have a bit of free play with the hula hoops and the bean bags, and then we’re right back at it, with fun games of Scatterball, dodgeball and hockey. And don’t worry, if your children are flagging we always have the lego and some pens, paper and drawing gear on hand too to keep our breaks interesting.
All our coaches are qualified in their field and have been recruited in line with Safer recruitment in education. All hold enhanced DBS checks (formerly CRB's). We have a close group of great coaches who are conscientious, friendly, flexible and great with kids.
Holiday clubs are 9am to 3.30pm, after school clubs start 5 minutes after the end of the school day and sessions last for 1 hour.
At the end of each session the children will collect their things and will be taken to a central registration point by the coaches. Unless you have indicated that the kids can walk home on their own at the end of the sessions you will need to go to the registration point and tell the coaches you have arrived before we can let the children go. We do this to ensure the safety of the children.
Unfortunately not. In terms of OFSTED we are classed as an Activity Provider rather than a Child Care Provider. As such you won't be able to use payment vouchers like Fidellity or Working tax Credits as payment for our clubs. Rest assured that we have had our policies checked with OFSTED and are part of the Breeze Culture Network - a Leeds City Council vetting procedure for partners, but we are not offering OFSTED registered schemes because our activities fall under the OFSTED exemption categories - and identifies our schemes as an Activities provider - as outlined in our full statement – this is available on request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We have to provide staff to the number of children who book places so unfortunately we can't issue refunds for cancellations made within 2 days of the session.