Published on 8th July 2011

Dodgeball, athletics, kung fu, basketball and street dance are just some of the ways to keep fit and active during the holidays when Summer of Sport 2011 launches on 25 July 2011.

The programme is being delivered by the council's sports development team and always proves to be popular with young people.

A funky street dance session will mark the start of the programme, running from leisure@cheltenham on 25 July.  From Wednesday to Friday each week, the sport zone roadshow will be running at Christ College Sport Centre, with a range of activities including football and kwik-cricket on offer.  If there are specific sports of interest, young people can take part in a camp which coaches them in one sport only throughout the duration of the holidays.  Free of charge 'sport in the park' sessions will also take place in various different open spaces across the borough.

Perhaps a highlight of the programme is the athletics workshop on Friday 29 July, hosted in partnership with the Cheltenham Harriers athletics club. Participants will have the opportunity to experience a range of different athletics events that will feature in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.  Expert coaches will be on hand to improve jumping, running and throwing skills with each young person working towards an official UK Athletics awards certificate.

For something a little bit different, there will be a beginner's Kung Fu taster session delivered by qualified instructors from Chi Wai Black Belt Academy on 17 August.

Tom Sparks, sports development officer said:  "This year's summer of sport programme has been designed to provide an action packed five weeks, with fun, new sports on offer to give young people a large selection of activities have a go at. From Kung Fu to dodgeball, we have plenty of sessions on offer to appeal to a wide range of children. We are also linking in closely with local sports clubs in the area to not only provide quality coaching, but to link youngsters to a local club that they can become involved with. We would encourage parents to book early to avoid disappointment.''

Different charges apply and some activities are only suitable for older children. There is also a wide array of play activities on offer.  Both the sport and play activities take place in a variety of different venues. To find out more and to book a place, contact the sport and play team on 01242 774408.  The booking line is open from 12 - 3pm, Monday to Friday.  See thefull programme



Photographers are welcome on the day.

Contact: Katie Sandey, communications team leader, telephone 01242 775050 or email: