The Herts Sports Partnership (HSP) – based at the University of Hertfordshire - is organising a holiday activities programme with a difference throughout August, for children from disadvantaged families across the county.

The Partnership’s award-winning Fit, Fed and Read programme seeks to address the triple inequalities of holiday hunger, physical inactivity and social isolation experienced by some of Hertfordshire’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, aged 7-12yrs.

The Hertfordshire take on the National Street Games campaign is being held at Fire stations across the 10 Districts and Boroughs and with the support of the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hertfordshire Libraries, Hertfordshire Constabulary,  and Herts Catering Ltd – the principal supplier of school meals in the county – provides a  programme of sport and activities, fun literacy and education sessions and a nutritious lunch as part of a programme funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

The programme is offered free of charge to local youngsters that are eligible for free school meals and there daily opportunities for 200 young people across the county.

Recently local dignitaries and guests were invited attend the official launch of the National Lottery funded programme and in welcoming the guests HSP Deputy Director, Jane Shewring  said:

“We are delighted to be able to offer our Fit, Fed and Read programme across the county. Whilst for most of our young people, the summer holidays can be a time to enjoy life with family and friends, partake in overseas holidays and new experiences, for others it can be a rather miserable existence.

 

Too many of our young people are left vulnerable and isolated, when the support of their school is removed. Research shows that the intellectual, emotional and physical development of some of those young people can be thwarted as a result and holiday hunger – often linked to in-work poverty – is a real issue within some of our families

With the support of the National Lottery players and our key partner organisations, we can offer these programmes across Hertfordshire and with it some fantastic opportunities for local youngsters.

I would urge any families that may be struggling to provide for their children over the summer holidays to contact my team at the very earliest time at fitfedandread@herts.ac.uk or 01707 284229 Experience elsewhere across the county has shown the massive difference programmes like this can make, to the lives of our young people”