Braintree youngsters bowled over by free holiday fun

Braintree youngsters bowled over by free holiday fun
1st June 2018 Amanda Bhavnani
Child playing cricket

Stumped for something to do with the kids in the summer school holidays?

Greenfields Community Housing and Essex Cricket in the Community have teamed up to offer free weekly cricket sessions in Braintree to 30 lucky children and their parents.

The informal and friendly hour-long ‘All Stars’ cricket sessions take place outside Glebe Hall in Braintree. The first is on Tuesday 24 July, and there will be one every Tuesday from 11am – 12noon for six weeks, as well as extra sessions on Friday 3 and 10 August at the same time.

It’s open to children aged 5 to 8-years-old, and Greenfields is also looking for parent volunteers to help too.

James Taylor, Greenfields’ Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator, hopes that children of all abilities will sign up and enjoy the opportunity to have fun and be active in the holidays:

“Last year we consulted with over 80 young people in the Glebe area and found that 80% of respondents don’t meet the UK physical activity guidelines for 5 to18-year-olds, which is at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. This can lead to obesity, poor psychological and emotional health, poor sleep; and many children also experience bullying linked to their weight. This project is part of our ‘Fit and Fed’ scheme, which aims to keep our residents active and healthy, which we know can be particularly difficult during school holidays.”

Anyone taking part will receive a free kit with a backpack, bat, ball and personalised shirt. Please contact James on james.taylor@greenfieldsch.org.uk or 07964 128 979 to sign up.

Greenfields is holding another ‘Fit and Fed’ project at Glebe Hall alongside the cricket sessions, which helps parents learn how to cook healthy food on a budget to feed their families during the holidays. Find out more here: Free cookery courses served up to feed Braintree families during holidays