After one of the most successful summers for the popular sports and activity hubs, preparations are under way to have them return in time for the October half-term break.
Cherwell District Council hosts the hubs as a cost-effective way of keeping children happy, safe and active over school breaks, and they have now become a fixture in the lives of many of the district’s young people.
Next-month’s half-term hubs will be run at North Oxfordshire Academy in Banbury from Monday, October 24 to Friday, October 28.
Offering sports, games, arts and crafts for five to 15-year-olds, they are a great way for youngsters to make new friends, remain active, try new sports and learn new skills.
Cllr George Reynolds, Cherwell’s deputy leader, said: “I am delighted that the summer hubs were such a success, with record attendances and an exciting range of guest activities including fencing, trampolines and archery.
“Our officers are now hard at work planning an entertaining and varied programme of activities for half term, with everything from swimming to painting and table tennis on the cards.
“We do expect a capacity attendance over the half term, not least because the hubs are a great solution for parents who are out at work.
“I will be advising people to book their children onto the hubs at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment.”
The summer hubs had more than 2,500 attendances across the district, with 804 at North Oxfordshire Academy and 762 at the Warriner.
Coupled with the good weather, the unprecedented take-up saw Cherwell hire extra staff in order to offer additional places and keep up with demand.
All the sessions are led by DBS (formerly CRB) checked staff. Lunch breaks are supervised but not catered for.
The October half-term hubs will offer short day sessions from 8.45am until 3pm which will cost £14.95, and full days from 8.45am till 5pm which will cost£18.95.
That means it costs just over £2.25 per hour to send a child to the hubs.
The booking line will be open from Monday, October 3 from 10am. To book call 01295 221803.