In 2018, the Derbyshire Cricket Foundation (DCF) launched an ‘Active Kids’ programme in Derwent to increase nutrition and physical activity for kids in the local area.
In partnership with Revive Healthy Living Centre and Tony Palladino’s Testimonial Year, the Foundation launched several fun sport programmes in the October half term to support local Derwent children.
Revive Healthy Living Centre offers a range of services focused on health, well-being and to improve the quality of life for residents in Derwent and surrounding areas.
Poor diet and lack of activity are key issues for kids in disadvantaged wards within Derby. The aim of the programme was to address the issues of holiday hunger and also to encourage participation in the Derwent by allowing children the opportunity to participate in physical activity.
Three million children risk going hungry during the school holidays in the UK, leaving them vulnerable to malnutrition and undermining their education and life chances.
The summer holidays can be a cause for concern for most parents, how to afford to keep the kids entertained over a large stretch of time? The financial implications can be stressful to say the least. In fact for some, the stark reality is how do we afford food to feed the whole family?
We made the most of the sunshine (whilst it lasted) by getting out in the fresh air. We were fortunate to be given free access to the Racecourse APT pitches by Derby City Council, which meant the children could run around in a safe environment. We played Cricket, football and had our first experience with Drummercise. We had great feedback from both parents and children so much so we are in the stages of planning for next year when we’ll be back with a bigger and better programme, we may even entertain the idea of making slime again!
At the launch of the programme, Derbyshire Cricket Foundation Chairman and trustee, Michael Futers, expressed his delight at the successful opening of a project to aid young children in Derbyshire.
He said: “We are proud to be launching a new Active Kids programme in Derwent, in partnership with Revive Healthy Living Centre, to help local children become more active.
“As a foundation, we’re committed to running free programmes for local people, providing a safe and enjoyable opportunity to play sport and also enjoy free meals.
“We’re grateful to Revive Healthy Living Centre and our main key sponsor for supporting us with this project.”