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More Fenland children are set to receive free lunches and activities during the summer holidays with the return of a popular initiative

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Hundreds of youngsters across the district will once again benefit from the Family Fun, Fit and Fed programme delivered by the council’s active Fenland team.

Developed in response to ‘holiday hunger’ research, the sessions are designed to ease the pressure on struggling families during the holidays when breakfast clubs and free school meals are not available.

Fenland’s free lunch and activity schemereturns for summer holidays. (14158567)
Fenland’s free lunch and activity schemereturns for summer holidays. (14158567)

More than 162 children and 71 families have benefited from the sessions so far, and this summer they are being expanded to families in March too.

The sessions include:

 Fun activities for both children and adults, with multi-sport coaches on hand encouraging everyone to get involved and enjoy quality family time together.

 Free buffet-style lunches with healthy, wholesome options, food tasting experiences and tips and ideas to create quick and easy family meals at home.

 Fun, educational workshops to top-up learning levels throughout the holidays, and help children return to school ready to tackle the new term ahead. Workshops will be interactive and include topics such as the environment, local history, recycling and developing maths and literacy skills through sport and activity.

 Virtual reality treasure hunts via the Wildgoose app. Families can take part in the hunt together outdoors and complete fun challenges and quizzes based on themes including Disney, superheroes, animals, family films and geography.

There will be six sessions in total, held on the following dates:

 Oasis Centre, Wisbech: August 2, 19 and 30.

 March Community Centre: July 29, August 5 and 21.

Places are limited and must be booked in advance. To book, email:

activefenlandbookings@fenland.gov.uk or message @Active Fenland on Facebook.

Booking closes 48 hours before each session to help organisers plan for food provision.

Additional weekly sessions are also being held at Orchards Academy in Wisbech for all of its pupils and families on July 30 and August 6, 13, 20, and 27 . Place availability is on a first come, first served basis.

Councillor Sam Clark, Fenland District Council’s Portfolio Holder responsible for sports development and leisure, said: “Every parent knows how challenging school holidays can be. For many families in Fenland, they not only have to think about how to keep their children amused, but have the added stress of how to pay for meals every day too.

“Our Family Fun, Fit & Fed sessions give families a helping hand, providing lunches and activities completely free of charge, regardless of their circumstances. The sessions have made a significant difference to families in the past, and I know they’ll prove extremely popular again this year.”

The sessions are part of Active Families, a Sport England funded project between Fenland District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough City Council, Cambridge City Council, Living Sport, Vivacity Leisure Trust and Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of Clarion Housing Group, to help low income families get active with their children.

It is delivered in Fenland by Fenland District Council’s Active Fenland team and partners, with additional funding from Clarion Futures.

If you are looking for more fun, family events and ideas in the summer holidays keep an eye on the Active Fenland Facebook page @ActiveFenland. You’ll find details of upcoming Wildgoose app games, summer relay events, family tasters and more.

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