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Project to keep kids fit and fed in school holidays

A community project aimed at keeping disadvantaged children and families active, fed and occupied during the school holidays has been officially launched in Wisbech.

Fit and Fed

Families enjoyed free physical activities and a healthy lunch when the first Fenland Fit and Fed session was held at The Oasis Centre during half term on Wednesday, May 30.

The event was hailed a great success, with more than 15 children aged 2 to 15 and their families taking part.

Now seven more sessions have been planned for the summer holidays, with the two-hour events including a physical activity and lunch and then a workshop with community organisations such as the animal therapy group People and Animals, Groundworks and Fenland District Council's recycling team.

Fenland Fit and Fed, which is part of a national StreetGames campaign, is organised locally by Fenland District Council with support from Everyone Health and food donations from Tesco, and funded by the One Stop Carriers for Causes grant.

The aim of the project is to provide fun sessions to families to tackle inactivity, holiday hunger, social isolation and the loss of learning through the school holidays.

Heidi Lemmon, Physical Activity Locality Co-ordinator at Fenland District Council and lead co-ordinator of the Fenland Fit and Fed project, said: "For some families it can be difficult to afford to feed and entertain everyone throughout the holidays which are supposed to be a fun time of year.

"That's why we're delighted to launch Fenland Fit and Fed in Wisbech. It gives children a chance to take part in physical activity, make friends and learn new skills, whilst also receiving a healthy meal. It also enables families to share some quality time together and gives them chance to learn what other activities and groups are in their local area."

The project is the first of many to come in Cambridgeshire following the launch of the new Active Families initiative, which has been awarded £325,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England.

Active Families is a project between Fenland District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council, Cambridge City Council, Living Sports, Vivacity Leisure Trust and the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group to help low income families get active with their children.

Matt Parsonage, Head of Communities at the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group and a partner funder for the project said: "Investing in communities to improve life chances for local people is at the heart of our work. With over 4,000 Clarion homes in Fenland, it's important to us that families living in social housing have access to the same opportunities as others so we're delighted to support this programme and play a part in helping families get active together."

For more information about Fenland Fit and Fed or Active Families contact Heidi on 01354 622499 or email: hlemmon@fenland.gov.uk

Article added 31 May, 2018