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Cotswold's Summer of Sport!

A summer of sport to help kids beat boredom – and adults keep fit – is ready to kick off in the Cotswolds.

Cotswold District Council is aiming to make it easy for people of all ages to join in, stay active and have fun throughout the school holidays.

The hugely popular free sports coaching days for youngsters aged five to 16 will be taking place at more than 20 different venues across the District.

The multi-sport days, which cover a range of sports including football, cricket, tennis, hockey, netball, tri-golf and tag rugby, are led by Sports Access Officer Scott Burry and funded from Council Tax paid by second home owners.

Parents pay a one-off £5 registration fee, which allows children to take part in as many days as they wish for this summer period. A full list of dates and venues is attached. Booking is essential on 01285 623453.

By popular demand, day camps for children aged 8 and over will be returning to the Cotswold Leisure Centre, Cirencester during the school summer holidays. In addition, the Centre will be running week-long 'crash' courses in swimming for children aged 5 and over.

Day camps for all school age groups will also be running at the Council's leisure centres in Tetbury, Fairford and Chipping Campden.

Cllr David Fowles, Portfolio holder for Sport and Culture, said: “As ever, Wimbledon and the World Cup are inspiring youngsters to take up sporting activities. We're especially pleased that we're able to use money from the Second Homes Fund once again to provide coaching for children across the District. The feedback we receive from parents is overwhelmingly positive and we'd urge families to book places as soon as possible.”

The Council is also offering free swims for children at the Cirencester centre to readers who present a special voucher from The Churn Project's summer newsletter. The voucher entitles every full-paying adult swimmer to bring a child along free, until August 20th.

For the second year running, CDC will be taking part in the national Commit To Get Fit campaign, starting from July 24th to September 3rd, in a bid to get adults out of their armchairs and into the gym.

As part of the campaign, the Council is offering one month 'taster' membership packages at Cirencester or Bourton leisure centres and weekend memberships at Fairford, Tetbury and Chipping Campden.

Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe said: “Health and sport are two of the Cabinet's three key themes this year. We hope our summer of sport will spur on active people, help more residents to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle and encourage young people to join sports clubs and events.”

For times and prices of day camps and the Cotswold swimming course, please contact your centre of choice.

Posted : 30/06/2006 13:30:56

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