Epic Sports at St Luke’s Chelsea
If churches are looking to host a holiday programme for young people this Christmas and beyond, but are not sure how, or just stuck for inspiration, have a look at these great ideas run by Epic CIC, through David Williams, Coordinator of the Chelsea Centre.
Below, David recalls how the summer holiday programme with St Luke’s and Christ Church, Chelsea enabled a number of young people to get active, do some physical activities, engage with church and have a great time.
This summer, Epic Chelsea Centre hosted another wonderful holiday programme in partnership with St Luke’s and Christ Church, Chelsea. This year we had a total of 87 children and young people aged between 7 and 14 years register to participate in the programme over the two week period.
Each morning, we began the day with a physical activity – games and sports sessions including football, mini tennis, and cricket. Other activities throughout the weeks included swimming, a trip to Gambados, Cinema, Kayaking, Art and Crafts, Graffiti Art, a Cooking/Baking Workshop, Mask Making, Face Painting, Gym, Dance, a Drama Workshop, a Photography workshop, Non-Contact Boxing and a trip to Southend’s Adventure Island Theme Park. We packed a lot of activity into two weeks!
As well as having fun together and getting physically active the programme looked to:
- Promote positive Interaction among children and young people–helping young people settle and make friends was key to the success of the programme and most of the participants became involved in the activities on offer and benefited from learning new skills in a safe, welcoming and fun space.
- Promote positive road safety skills– by using the journey from St Luke’s to the Chelsea Centre the young people became more aware of the dangers of crossing the road and were able to demonstrate better skills after the weeks at the centre.
The two-week programme concluded with a community day with the church, celebrating achievements by the children and young people, as well as putting on activities such as face painting, Kayaking, Graffiti Art and very energetic sports and games activities. It was accompanied by hugely successful BBQ, in which both parents and children were able to sample the delights on offer throughout the afternoon.
Our overall aims for the Summer Holiday Programme were to help increase children and young people’s access to positive activities and ensure the young people had fun. That is why Epic Youth are committed to helping St Luke’s and Christ Church PCC develop similar programmes in the future to help young people access more high quality social and recreational activities.
David Williams is the Chelsea Centre Co-ordinator for Epic ELM C.I.C, who organised the Summer Holiday programme in partnership with St Luke’s and Christ Church, Chelsea.