October Half Term Success
This October Half Term saw close to 300 children and young people taking part in a variety of sports sessions all across the borough.
Parkour / Free Running proved very popular with Brad and Team Kinetix delivering another smash of a session for our youth. We are now working on developing a club where participants can come along every week and practice.
Athletics was another huge hit where coaches helped build from the success of the weekly sessions held in the lead up to half term. It was great to see lots of future Olympians taking part and enjoying themselves.
Muay Thai Boxing was fun and furious at the Battlefield Gym in Romford. Lots of fast fists and feet on the day! We were pleased to add this new activity to our roster and see it doing so well.
The back-to-back Handball and Futsal sessions at Bower Park Academy drew many enthusiastic participants and we witnessed some amazing hand and foot work coming from both boys and girls who came out to play.
Netball at Frances Bardsley was a smash with many young ladies working on their skills, drills, attack and defence as well as taking part in awesome game play to finish the day.
The West Ham Football camp was as popular as ever with sessions booking to capacity very very quickly. We had our biggest turnout to date and found ourselves lucky with the cool, calm weather on the day. Perfect playing conditions!
We rounded out the week with an indoor rock climbing session at the YMCA.
Over in Para Sport, we held Multi-Sport sessions at Chafford, the YMCA and MyPlace Centres, Athletics at Hornchurch Stadium, Swimming and Ice Skating at Sapphire in Romford. It was wonderful to see some new faces as well as regulars in attendance at each of these.
A big THANK YOU goes out to all our coaching staff, partners and facilities for working extremely hard and doing such a great job teaming up with us to produce a fun-filled portfolio of sport and exercise this past week.
We can confirm that regular weekly sessions are now back up and running after a short break so we hope to see you at one (or more) of those.
We are now planning February half term and working on even more action-packed activities for the community. Be sure to check the School Holiday Activities tab on this website for schedules and booking links within the new year.
- Havering Sports Development Team
Schools Soccability Festival
Our friends at Essex County Football Association are hosting four Soccability Festivals over the next few months. These events are for pupils with special educational needs (SEN). See flyer for details and we look forward to seeing you there!
London Youth Games - The Virtual Games
We are very excited to let you know about a brand new competition launched by London Youth Games this week. If you have kids at home right now who are cell phone/social media mad then this could be the perfect thing for them!
The London Youth Games have just announced the launch of ‘The Virtual Games’ – an online competition in place of the regular 2020 season which was cancelled due to Coronavirus.
Young people across the borough are encouraged to jump online and take part in the challenges that are set with weekly prizes up for grabs (like pairs of Nike trainers!) and points going towards Havering’s score and the overall trophy.
The Virtual Games are open to all children and young people from London. You do not need to be a footballer to complete the football challenge or a netballer to complete the netball challenge. All of them will come with suggested adaptations for space, equipment and ability to ensure they are as inclusive as possible.
The first challenge will be released Monday 8th June and participants are asked to upload their videos to any of their channels (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok etc) using the hashtags #ThisIsLYG and #TeamHavering as well as tagging London Youth Games to be in to win.
If you want to head across to our other pages then we will be posting the challenges and updates regularly:
Facebook: @Havering London Youth Games Team / @Havering Active
Find out more about the competition here: www.londonyouthgames.org/virtual-games
Swim 4 Confidence
Swim 4 Disability and Swim 4 Confidence
Sapphire Ice and Leisure Centre in Romford offer term time and school holiday swim session times for people of all ages with a disability, and people of all ages looking to build their water confidence - including those with a disability.
Carer swims for free, £3.20 for children and concessions (under 8’s swim free); £4.20 for adults (max of 2 children aged under 8 per adult). A pool pod is available to aid access to the main and teaching pool. Changing Places changing room also available. Swimming timetables can be downloaded from www.everyoneactive.com/centre/sapphire-ice-leisure
Local Cricket for Learning or Physical Disability