An open letter to parents, guardians and carers.

With the new year firmly upon us and the demands of half-term quickly approaching, Shepway Sports Trust have been investigating the cost of holiday childcare in East Kent, with a view to making the school holidays more affordable for working families in Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh.

Holiday child care is expensive, averaging nationally at over £100 per week (and increasing). Added to this is the cost of kit, lunches and extras which increases the pressure on parents’ wage significantly.

Based on our research and commitment to high quality sporting camps in the area, Shepway Sports Trust will be providing 50 children with a free hot lunch every day of our February half-term holiday camp.  This offer is open to the first 50 children who book, with a view to providing this for every participant in future camps.

We know that many families simply can’t afford to access sport and activity at all and this is an area of ongoing concern to us. As such, we are in the process of applying for funding, which will allow families to access all holiday camp activities for free, alongside our ongoing fundraising to purchase a minibus to transport local families.

Our multi-sport holiday camps are run by qualified teachers, experienced coaches, professional athletes and sports ambassadors who deliver a wide selection of fun, quality sporting provision to keep your children active and engaged during the holidays. With the help of M&M Football Academy, your children also have the option to play football as often as they like… all day if they desire!

With so much to see, do and try, it is important that children are properly fuelled to provide them with the energy to take part and have fun. Our free meal voucher means that lunch is one less thing for parents to think about- logistically and financially.

Our camps, based at Three Hills Sports Park in Folkestone, are priced at £15 per day to make childcare as affordable as possible. Additionally, parents booking for the whole week will receive the fifth day for free.

We have also created our Active Families memberships to take the pressure off parents. Become an Active Families member for £35 per month and you’ll cover the cost of holiday camps for as many children as you have. With eight weeks of holiday camps between now and September 2018, your monthly payment will grant your children a free and guaranteed place to every holiday camp, saving you £270 in the process! Members also receive free and discounted family tickets to Kent’s top attractions, including Dover Castle, Wildwood, Gillingham Ice Rink and Imagine Play Centre, with one for every weekend of the year.

If you’d like to read more about our values and what we do, or you’d like to become an Active Families member and book our holiday camps, please browse this website or give us a call on 01303 764261.

Book your space on our February Holiday Camp here.

Laurence Hickmott

Chief Executive
Shepway Sports Trust