It was a record-breaking summer for the Crossbar Foundation, a Shropshire charity, as around 4,000 youngsters attended their popular holiday courses held around the county.
Crossbar’s soccer schools, multi-sports courses, street dance sessions and holiday clubs proved a big hit with county children, with the proceeds enabling the Foundation to support a number of community projects in deprived areas of Shropshire. The courses were held in partnership with Crossbar Coaching Education in Sport, with Jamie Haynes, their head of education, delighted with the response from Shropshire youngsters and their parents. He said: “They were six very busy weeks with around 4,000 children enjoying the courses. It’s with the community for the community and the feedback we received from children and their parents was fantastic.
“The courses offer a great child care option for parents as they know their children will have a positive experience by getting active and being engaged with what we offer. “To be able to raise money for the Foundation – around £2,500 in profits from the courses – to be put back into the community is great.” He added: “Course numbers continue to increase and it’s credit to the coaches that deliver the clubs because the children really enjoy the experience. The coaches are enthusiastic and really motivate the children.” Jamie was also keen to thank the Shrewsbury Food Hub and Wenlock Spring, long-time supporters of Crossbar, for their backing throughout the summer. He said: “We focused on holiday hunger over the summer and linked up with Emma Bullard, the co-ordinator from the Shrewsbury Food Hub, who was very helpful. I would meet her at supermarkets early in the morning and she would pass on food that would otherwise have gone to waste. “We received lots of fruit and veg, so for some children it was the first time they had tasted fruit like pineapples, melons and mangos. We did little challenges with them and made it fun. “Wenlock Spring continue to be brilliant supporters in offering bottled water for the children. To hear feedback from the parents that their children now want to have water because they know its the best hydration method is fantastic. It’s pleasing to see that the message is getting across.” The Foundation are now looking forward to running holiday courses during next month’s half-term between Monday, October 23 and Friday, October 27.