With the summer holidays into it’s 3rd week (yes it’s gone really fast!)….We’re here to tell you exactly what Go4it! have been up to and what we’ve got planned for the rest of the holidays!
Trebanog is where we are spending most of our time over the Summer holidays, we’re up there working with families and children 3 days a week, doing a variety of different activities.
To kick start the summer holidays we asked Gavin Thomas who is a semi professional Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter if he wouldn’t mind continuing to run his classes with the children in the area. Gavin started coaching the children of Trebanog at the very start of June originally for 4 weeks. As he has built up such a great rapport with the children and got them to listen, behave and show respect whilst having loads of fun and learning, we thought it would be silly not to continue!, Luckily Gavin agreed to continue and the club has gone from strength to strength, it started with 4 boys now we’re getting 13 children with a mixture of boys and girls! Gavin also told the children if they behaved and showed him they were listening to his coaching, showed a bit of development he would invite them down to his gym and they can join and get even more coaching! This would open up so many opportunities for them, Gavin himself has been all around the world competing in different competitions, some of the children in his club have been to Los Angeles to compete for Wales, and this would be paid for by Wales Jiu Jitsu. Gavin has his eye on a couple of children who have shown real potential and has invited 2 of them to join his club when the school term restarts which is superb!!
Every Tuesday Go4it! are linking up with Artes Mundi to run an outdoor club alongside the playscheme that runs in the community centre. Ros who runs the playscheme in Trebanog has up to 60 children every Tuesday attending with just herself and a handful of volunteers to look after them. So what we decided to do to help her was to run a different activity for the older children every week. The first week we took the children up and around some of the beautiful valleys that are around Trebanog. Whilst on the walk the children had disposable cameras to use and take pictures of the area and what they loved most about Trebanog. This was a fun easy session and start to the summer holidays for the children, it was very funny as well as the children had no idea how to use the disposable cameras, such is the age of technology that they live in!!
The following week we decided to use a bit of technology and take the children on a Geocaching trek. Ilona from National Park in Brecon who runs Geocaching courses came down to help facilitate and teach the children how to use the devices. Very funny moment again when the children thought the display screen was a touch screen and their horror when they had to struggle to use the toggle to navigate the device… The session was a superb success with 10 children walking 4 kilometers on a lovely sunny day, finding hidden letters out in the “Trebanog bush”! The children had to figure out what the word spelt and at the end they would get a prize! They guessed it with 2 letter still to find A M A Z I N G!!!!
Starting last Thursday was our family cooking with our fabulous dietitian Rhona. During the 4 week course Rhona will be teaching the families how to cook healthy, easy and quick recipes. These sessions are always really popular and is a great way that children and parents can socialise together as a family!
In Aberdare we are working on a 1:1 basis with families all over the Cynon area. We are working closely with close to 40 families, many of them tenants to help them live a more active and healthy lifestyle!
Over the holidays we are running a variety of different taster sessions with the different sports providers in the area to give everyone a taste of something different and fun!
Week 1 we had badminton, nice and easy first session of the holidays and one that the entire family can take part in! Next up we had Bowls in Mountain Ash. This was a very popular event the first time we ran a taster session and it proved to be popular again. We’ve also had a family take advantage of the clubs free lessons and they have now joined and go regularly on the weekend. Our 3rd session was Golf in Abercynon Leisure Centre. Again a very popular session and another club that offer free coaching to their members! It was a great session with parents and children joining in together. Next week on the 17th we have Cricket taster session at Sobell Leisure centre so if you know any families would like to come or your own please come on down for 4-5pm 🙂
Tuesday 11th of April Go4it! and Ziggies joined forces to host our first ever joint event! Ziggies wanted to thank their volunteers for all their hard work with a fun day during the Easter holidays and hopefully see if they could sign anymore schools up to have Ziggies run in their school! Go4it! had the aim to sign more families up to the project within the Aberdare area!
What happens when you mix the Olympics, Great British Bake Off and Blue Peter? Our amazing event!!!
83 people came along for the day and it was a hugely successful! We started off with Ziggies reading “The Hare and the Tortoise” story for the children, which lead us onto making some craft. Rabbit hats with extra long ears is what we made and as you can see the results were eggsellent
We then took everyone outside for an Easter Treasure hunt themed Geocache! We split the group up into 3 and off we went using the GPS devices to find the hidden eggs. After searching high and low we found all the eggs, everyone had some fun in the fresh air and lovely sunshine!
After Geocaching we headed back inside for lunch and to prepare our healthy desserts! We made healthy “Sheep Cupcake” which was a plain cupcake, with a little bit of icing, some marshmallows for the fleece and a grape for the head! Following the sheep everyone made a “Rice Cake Chick” which was as simple as one rice cake, some strawberries for it’s nose and hair, icing for it’s eyes, apricots for it’s little feet.
The afternoon brought the Sport!! We had Football from Merthyr Collage students, Rugby from Abercwmboi RFC and Dance from Streetwise come along! Everyone got to decide what they’d like to try and they could switch around to experience everything! The kids again loved everything and there was something for everyone. We had one family with an autistic girl who doesn’t usually interact with anything or anyone but engaged really well with the dance teacher and joined in with the routine to the amazement and joy of her child-minder!
All round it was a superb day and a huge success!!!! Judging by the sign up sheets we’re going to be a busy bunch for the next couple of months!!
If you’re interested in any of sports that were run on the day please contact Richard on 07342058286.
Abercwmboi RFC- http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/abercwmboirfc
Aberdare Valley Football League- http://www.leaguewebsite.co.uk/aberdarevalleyfootballleague
Interested in having Ziggies in your school? Please contact Jo on 07917736926
Go Team!! #Go4it! #Ziggies #DreamTeam