Pupils from St Michael’s Junior Church School in Bath have been enjoying healthy activities and a nutritious cooked meal for the whole family thanks to a Eat Active summer holiday camp, organised by the Bath Rugby Foundation.

Eat Active is part of Summer Break Out, a B&NES-wide initiative to provide direct assistance to children, young people and low-income families. Each camp will see youngsters take part in a fun, active session, with a free meal provided to the children and their families. Camps have also taken place at Castle Primary School in Keynsham and Welton Rovers FC in Midsomer Norton.

Delivery Manager, Dan Hine, said the aim of Eat Active sessions was to increase confidence in parents and young people to provide balanced meals. “We know from working within schools in these areas that holiday hunger and lack of positive activities is a big issue. Coaches and playworkers will be able to continue to develop their positive relationships with the children through this work.”

“We’ve been able to offer places to families, which has fitted in perfectly with our provision of food and play to families throughout the lockdown,” added Clare Greene, Headteacher at St Michael’s. “Our extensive grounds and the expertise provided from the Bath Rugby Foundation is the perfect combination to provide access to support over the strangest of summer breaks. We access the family part but there are also opportunities for older children and teens across Bath.

“We are very lucky that we can work alongside some great charities and organisations to provide local solutions post lockdown. This initiative has meant we can still support our families while also making sure school staff can rest and re-cooperate ready for September after a long year!”