Summer holiday scheme 2012 launches - book a place today!

Published on 3rd July 2012

children in colourful football strip

The phone lines are now open for parents to book their children in for a fun filled summer.

The sport and play development teams at Cheltenham Borough Council are once again planning an action packed programme for youngsters with a wide range of playschemes, activity days and sports sessions, from 23 July to 31 August.

PlayZone playschemes will operate from Balcarras School and Rowanfield Infant School for children aged 6 - 12. The Balcarras scheme offers parents the opportunity to book in advance to secure a place, whereas the shorter Rowanfield scheme will operate on a first come, first served, drop in basis.

A range of action days have also been planned including trips to South Cerney Water Park, the Battlesports Laser Tag arena, and Jump for Joy which offers fun sessions bouncing on inflatables.

The summer of sport programme will see a wide range of sports sessions and coaching courses on offer including dodgeball, uni-hockey, kwik cricket, football, basketball and many more.

Inspired by London 2012, this year’s scheme also offers sport specific coaching workshops in many Olympic sports, such as archery, water polo, and fencing.

The Montpellier tennis programme is also back, providing four days of coaching, where youngsters can improve their skills and have fun with a friendly coaching team.

Over the summer holidays the play rangers and the sports development team will also be visiting parks and open spaces across the Borough providing fun and free activities for children to enjoy.

Craig Mortiboys, healthy communities partnership manager, said: "With the London 2012 Olympics just days away we’re sure Olympic fever will grip the nation. Our summer programme covers many Olympic sports so we’re sure these as well as the variety of other activities will keep everyone busy and entertained. I would encourage people to book early to avoid disappointment."

Cllr Rowena Hay, cabinet member for wellbeing and culture, added: “Cheltenham has been voted the seventh highest Local Authority area for sport in England*, and I’m sure the summer holiday programme helps us in achieving such an accolade. It has been designed to provide an action packed six weeks, with fun play and sporting activities.”

See the leaflet on the council’s website for details of all the activities taking place or call the sport and play team on 01242 774740. Lines are open from 10am to 3pm weekdays.

For press enquiries, contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154, email

Notes to editor:
* From Sport England website