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With the summer holidays just around the corner, it’s time to start planning what your little ones might like to do. From singing to skateboarding, lacrosse to body zorbing, it’s all on offer in Nappy Valley! Many of these are running during the May half term so get looking and start booking.
Little Voices is an outstanding performing arts camp for young people. Children aged 4-13 years will be transported through four days of script-learning, singing and dancing working towards a final performance to showcase to friends and family. Running from 9.30am-3.30pm each day, the camps are a great opportunity for children to grow in confidence, learn new skills, meet new friends and, most importantly, have fun during the holidays! Parents love them too. One mum recently wrote to Little Voices and said: “Little Voices camps have been THE half term/summer favourite. My daughter is smitten. Thanks Little Voices for setting up and providing us with this creative wonderfulness.”
Open Air Fit is running a summer full of fun and active outdoor camps in the Dog Free Zone on Wandsworth Common (by the Skylark Café). The camps are filled with lots of energy whilst providing an opportunity to play a sport you might never have played before, such as baseball or handball, alongside the more traditional games of football, rugby, athletics, lacrosse and cricket, and are available to everyone aged 4-14 years old. The safe and engaging sessions ensure that all participants are physically and socially engaged throughout the whole camp. Open Air Fit will offer children the opportunity to forge new friendships whilst also looking to develop new skills relative to different sports. Camps are filled with several surprises and if it’s warm enough, the coaches might even get to launch the ever-popular water balloons!
Zebra Skate is a rollersports camps for 4-12 year olds. During the camp, children will learn skateboarding and rollerblading, from beginners rolling forwards, turning and stopping, and then on to more advanced techniques. There’s also a bunch of non-wheeled games for when kids are tired – rollersports can be exhausting! You can book half days or full days or a full week, as required. Skate Camp is not just about skating – camp teaches kids about life skills; making friends, individual endeavours, team work and for the more able, taking responsibility for their group in the form of leading group games. With over 20 years in the industry we aim to make rollersports fun, thereby motivating the kids to come back for more!
Activ Camps will be running multi-activity camps for children aged 4–14 at venues across south-west London throughout the whole summer! They deliver a unique and exciting model of activity camp, where the children always come first, providing experiences that many would not normally encounter. Experiences such as Body Zorbing, Archery Tag and a different GIANT inflatable each day are on offer. At Activ Camps, they take real pride in the quality of their staff. They select, recruit and train all staff to the very highest standards. And with an exceptionally high staff to child ratio, you know that your kids are going to be extremely well looked after and have the time of their lives. Parents are always singing the praises of Activ Camp. Recent feedback includes: “Entertained, exhilarated, exhausted and safe – what more could a parent have asked for her son? Thanks so much – we will definitely be back!” and “A super way to fill time in the holidays – all the activities you dreamed of on the doorstep. Marvellous!”
Ninja Kids is a refreshing new view on the holiday camp conundrum. The camp is about confidence-boosting activities that include escalating challenges to promote balance, tenacity, co-ordination and, of course, martial arts skill. Run and founded by Simon Yeo, who has over 40 years experience in martial arts and holds a 15th degree black belt in Bujinkan Ninjutsu and a Roger Gracie Black belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Ninja Kids aims to help children find their strength and grow their self-esteem. The camp includes safe climbing instruction, confidence building by working through fears, strength, balance and co-ordination challenges as well as functional self defence skills. Even Bear Grylls has trained in Ninjutsu with Simon!
Playball London holiday camps are tailored to meet the needs of younger children and are based on the fundamental sport skills for just about any ball sport you can imagine! The purpose of Playball holiday camps is to provide high-quality, age-appropriate, fun holiday activities for children aged 3-9 years. Water slides, treasure hunts, water balloon fights and a whole host of other exciting activities all make up a morning at one of these holiday camps. The camps are designed for the children to have fun. They work really hard during the term, so Playball want them to know when they come to a Playball holiday camp they are going to have a great time, make lots of friends and really enjoy having an active holiday.
Growing Young Minds and Test Club collaboratively run Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning Summer Revision Courses for Year 5 children sitting the forthcoming secondary school entrance exams, including the Wandsworth Test.
The camps consist of small groups taking part in engaging and practical activities which bring a mixture of direct teaching of the skills and strategies needed to feel confident with Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The aim is to secure subject knowledge and offer further revision, while improving confidence, pace and accuracy when tackling V and NV Reasoning questions. There is also a focus on test technique and timed practice. The camps are run by qualified and experienced teachers (each with over 10 years of experience) with up-to-date DBS checks, who are specialists in V and NV Reasoning. Avoid the summer slide and keep children’s brains active while they get to meet and make new friends.
At Julian Cousins Sports, Julian and his team of coaches offer a range of sports including tennis, football, cricket, rugby, hockey, rounders, volleyball and golf. All activities are scaled for age and abilities, from 3 years to 12 years old. Age groups are divided in to Mini Camp (3-4), Junior Camp (5-8) and Senior Camp (8-12). All staff are qualified sports coaches and local school teachers well-experienced in working with young children. Simple games and drills to encourage rapid skill development, co-ordination, footwork and teamwork, and most importantly… fun! It’s the only multi-sport/tennis camp on Clapham Common and has been running for over 10 years. Such is its success, it’s not just a holiday camp to fill the sunny days, it’s a camp where children learn proper skills and improve their sporting ability.
Youngstars is a sports camp for children aged 3-14. The camps focus on engaging children in physical activity and maintaining a positive experience of sport and activities from an early age. Every camp is guaranteed to be full of fun and games with an introduction to a variety of sports throughout each week, including football, rugby, tennis, handball, cricket, lacrosse, athletics, hockey, basketball and more. The camp day is a combination of sports games, team work and arts and crafts that the children are guaranteed to love. Each and every Youngstars holiday camp follows the familiar structure of tried and tested fun games, introductions to various sports and themed arts and crafts in an all-inclusive and non-competitive environment. Every game, drill and exercise is designed to improve coordination, awareness, motor skills and, above all, team work.
International Camp Suisse is a residential camp for international youngsters aged 7-17. They offer tons of exhilarating outdoor activities including husky dog sledding on a glacier, banana boating, hiking, camping, archery, swimming and mountain biking, plus an optional language course – French, German, Spanish or English. Campers make new friends from all over the world, sharing a once in a lifetime experience with like-minded young people. They learn a new language and spend quality time engaged in worthwhile pursuits in the fresh air, away from screens and cities!
We hope your families discover a new passion or skill this summer, make new friends and have a wonderful summer camp!
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