Rugby stars give camp youngsters the run around
Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Communities, Education, Health
More than 60 children were put to their paces last week at the popular Widnes Vikings Summer Camp.
Sponsored by official club partners Halton Housing Trust and Maltacourt, local youngsters kept fit by learning passing, kicking and ball skills from some of the regions most talented players.
Olivia Mason, age 6, from Widnes, took part in the two day event. She said: “It was really good fun and you get lots of energy from it.”
The Summer Camp ran over two days on 27th and 28th August and attracted children from Widnes and Runcorn and even Frodsham. Youngsters were given a goodie bag to take away with them, full of club merchandise such as signed t-shirts, posters and a free junior match ticket.
Noel Sharpe, the Trust’s Executive Director of Customer Services said: “We’ve supported the Vikings for four years now - the club is a fantastic asset to the local community and we’re proud to be associated with them., One of our aims is to support and encourage our customers and their families to lead healthy lifestyles. We are delighted to support the Summer Camp because it inspires local children to lead a fit and active life.”
Vikings Community Coach, Kurtis Marsh said: “The Widnes Vikings Summer Camp was a huge success, with us having over 60 kids attend the camp over 2 days. The kids got to experience a wide variety of different activities from rugby and multi skill competitions to healthy eating activities with the NHS Health Improvement team and training from Widnes Fire Service.”
“We would like to thank Halton Housing Trust and Maltacourt for their support with the camp. We would especially like to thank all of the kids for attending and we hope they all enjoyed it and can take away more than just the two day experience.”
As an official club partner, the Trust funds the popular Try Rugby sessions and Kevin Brown camp, designed to get young people into the sport. The special relationship has seen the club and the Trust work together closely on a wide range of community activities, including the recent Widnes Vikings History Talks, held at Naughton Fields extra care scheme in Widnes.
For further information about the Vikings’ work in the community, please contact Ben Morris, Vikings Community Co-ordinator on 0151 495 2250.
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