Summer Camp success for the Junior Saints
Friday 24 July 2020
Around 70 children have been filling the University Sports Centre each day with the usual levels of noise and excitement expected at this time of year at Saints Sport. It’s been a chance to get back to what they do best for the team at Saints Sport and to welcome the children of staff and students back to the Sports Centre.
It has been smiles all round with plenty of games and activities during the first week of the much anticipated Junior Saints Summer Camp. Saints Sport was keen to respond to the requests of the Principals Office to find an outlet for the children of staff and students to have some fun, in a safe environment and play some sport before the new academic year starts.
The programme is just one of the areas being funded through generous donations from alumni, friends, parents and staff towards the Principal’s Strategic Response Fund. The Fund was created to ensure that the University can respond quickly to the urgent needs of our students, our researchers and our community during this pandemic. Being able to provide much needed childcare to staff and students will go some way towards helping us re-start research and prepare teaching materials over the summer, ensuring we are prepared and ready for the start of the new academic year in September.
Approximately 1000 places have been created for children, with a team of 17 coaches involved in delivering the sport and physical activity, some of which is new to the Junior Saints programme. With foot-golf, disc-golf, crazy golf and lawn bowls mixing up the days with the traditional games like tennis and basketball, and ‘movie mornings’ the camps are ensuring the children find some new talents across the weeks.
Understanding the ‘new normal’ for delivery of these camps has been challenging at times, but a challenge everyone at Saints Sport has risen to explains Duncan Caithness, Assistant Director (Sports Development). The Sports Development Team, led by Duncan, have managed the delivery of the Summer Camp programme since the initial conversations with the Principals Office and Duncan has spoken of his delight at the success of the Camp,
“It has been a real team effort in getting to this point and we are absolutely delighted to deliver this programme to support our colleagues and students across the University.
Our plans were very fluid as we had to be responsive to the latest guidance from the Scottish Government and sportscotland, but we were adamant the camps would be a huge success. We had a variety of plans in place for the different scenarios we were faced with, and with some creative thinking we were able to put in place a programme that provided children with a safe environment to play sport, mix with others and most importantly to have lots of fun.
Our thanks must go to the Principals Office, and in particular to Dr Monique Mackenzie for her vision and support during the planning stages. None of this would have been possible without the monumental effort from my colleagues within Saints Sport and I’d like to thank them all for their hard work, expertise and enthusiasm which has allowed us to offer three weeks of fantastic summer fun for the children.”
As the first week of the camp draws to a close, Claire Scott, Sports Development Manager at Saints Sport spoke of her satisfaction in seeing all the hard work pay off,
“It’s been a brilliant start to the three weeks. There has been such a positive atmosphere at the camp and it’s so pleasing to see the smiles on the children’s faces. Sport is such a great way for people to connect and it’s been wonderful to see the children mixing with others and having so much fun in the process. Our coaches are having a great time too and it’s nice to have them back doing what they do best, which is delivering fun and exciting sessions for the children.”
The camps run to Friday 7 August, and there are still a limited number of spaces at most of the sessions in weeks 2 and 3. A separate ‘in-service Sports Day’ is also available on Monday 10 August.
For more information or to register your child(ren) please visit:
If you would like more information on the Junior Saints programme, please see the Junior Saints section of the Saints Sport website, or contact Rhona Hendry, Sports Development Officer, directly:
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