The Council’s SportWorks team’s popular annual Park Sport programme for five to 16 year-olds took place over August to help children and young people reduce screen time and turn up the fun this summer!
Park Sport is funded by Eastleigh Borough Council’s SportWorks, as well as the Local Area Committees, Parish and Town Councils, and supported by a broad range of partners, including sports clubs, activity providers and venues. This enabled activities to be provided at a subsidised rate of £2.50, with a further £1 concession available for those on Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support, as well as free for swimming, SkateJams and Orienteering.
167 sessions were held across four weeks with over 1,500 places booked, nearly one thousand registered for free swimming, and nearly 200 attending drop-in events - encouraging attendees to try something new and get active across the Borough. 90% of families confirmed the programme turned up the fun this summer, with over 75% agreeing it reduced screen time.
The Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Councillor Tonia Craig, said: “This has been yet another fantastic year for Park Sport - hundreds of children and young people have had the chance to try something new, make new friends and get moving this summer. The team have really helped parents, including those from low-income families, to reduce screen time and turn up the fun.”