With the children of St Gregory’s High School on Easter holiday, Warrington Wolves Foundation staff and Gladstone Brookes volunteers had the chance to take on a new project – a Total Sport holiday sports camp which ran throughout the Easter break.
Total Sport Co-ordinator, Craig Thomason, is responsible for running the project, which receives funding from Children In Need. He spends most of his time working within the local special schools and SEN units in mainstream schools, but when the children are off on holiday he runs the special activities holiday schemes at Orford Jubilee Hub.
“This Easter camp has been one of the most successful ones we’ve ever run, with lots of children accessing the event for the first time,” he said.
“It’s normally pretty intense, with the kids running around and enjoying the variety of games we have for them to play, so the assistance we have from the Gladstone Brookes volunteers really helps. They get stuck in and involved with everything, really helping the children to get the most out of what they’re doing,” he added.
Sports played emphasise team working and included boccia (indoor bowls), new age curling, rugby league, dodgeball, archery, football, tri-gold, handball, football and seated volleyball.
Said Craig: “It’s great to see everyone so involved and getting so much out of it, especially the new game of Hungry Hippos that we invented.”
GB volunteer Callum Hewitt is becoming a veteran of many similar events, but still gets a lot out of volunteering. “I enjoy getting involved with all the Wolves Foundation events. The kids were amazing and the games we played were highly enjoyable,” he said.
Dave Manfreddi is another veteran and always enjoys getting involved. “As always, we adapted things as we went along, but the kids really enjoyed it. It was great to see how much they got out of it.”
Neil Briggs will be volunteering for any future events where help is needed. “I’ve done a couple of similar things with the Foundation and I always enjoy it. It’s good to see the smiles on the kids’ faces.”
It was the first event Talisha Yule had taken part in, but it won’t be the last. “I loved it,” she said. “The kids got really involved and never seemed to stop smiling. It was a really worthwhile thing to do and I’ll be volunteering for more in the future.”