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Sports education business launches in West Essex

Education / Thu 22nd Dec 2022 at 08:40am

A SPECIALIST provider of sports education for primary schools is delivering free Christmas clubs for children in West Essex through the government-funded Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme.

SportsCool, which offers a diverse range of activities, is organising the holiday clubs in Brentwood, Harlow and Uttlesford.

The clubs are being delivered as part of the Essex Activate HAF programme and are free for families on low incomes or free school meal vouchers. Afternoon SEN clubs are also available for children with special educational needs. Places are filling up fast.

The Brentwood club was based at Hutton Community Centre on Wednesday December 21. SportsCool’s Uttlesford club is being hosted by Dunmow St Mary’s Primary School on Thursday and Friday, December 22 and 23.

Harlow’s club sessions will take place on January 3 and 4 at Harlow Fields School and College. For details and to book places for the sessions visit www.sportscoolwestessex.schoolipal.co.uk

SportsCool currently has 28 operations across the UK, including West Essex, working closely with more than 400 education providers. All its activities are underpinned by the company’s ethos of “Educate: Motivate: Participate”.

SportsCool West Essex is delivering Sportscool’s diverse range of sports to local schools, ranging from fencing and archery to ultimate frisbee and tri-golf as well as more traditional sports such as football, cricket, netball and rugby.

The operation is headed by Chris Anstey. The 34-year-old is from Epping and is looking forward to making a difference through SportsCool’s operations.

He said: “I’m passionate about sport and making a real difference in the lives of local young people in this area and really giving something back to the community.

“Evidence showing that free holiday clubs can have a positive impact on children and young people, helping tackle problems such as social isolation.

“At SportsCool we firmly believe that sports education is fundamental to every child’s development and that is central to the HAF programme activities we deliver.

“We also believe that every child should have the chance to participate, progress and achieve in physical activities.

“This in turn has a profound effect on self-esteem, confidence, motivation, physical aptitude, and all-round mental and physical health.”

Chris, whose background is in marketing, has worked for major players in the broadcasting industry, including ITV and the Discovery Channel, on sporting events including the Tour de France and Football and Rugby World Cups.

He said: “There is a sport out there for everybody, it’s a question of finding it and encouraging youngsters to get involved and get active.”

To find out more about SportsCool’s West Essex wider operation contact Chris Anstey at [email protected]

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