A council sporting initiative introduced last year is going from strength to strength and the Monmouthshire Games is now firmly established as a highlight of the holidays for the county’s youngsters. As well as physical exercise, among the benefits offered are an appreciation of teamwork, healthy eating and the impact of role models.
The Monmouthshire Games takes place in each of the county’s four leisure centres during school holidays for children aged 5 to 12 and its activities focus on learning new skills, developing confidence, meeting new friends and most importantly, having fun while participating. Among the 40 sports offered are swimming, football, netball, basketball, cricket, hockey, rugby, golf, rounders and tennis. Fully-trained staff supervise proceedings assisted by volunteers – often physical education students seeking experience.
Over 130 youngsters take part each day across the county’s leisure centre sites at a cost of £16 per day (9am to 3pm) or £19.50 (8am to 5pm). Discounts are available for siblings, children in receipt of free school meals and for parents who book ten days in advance. The programme has seen approximately 6,200 attendances since its launch last summer.
Councillors Bob Greenland and Maureen Powell recently attended a session in Abergavenny to see for themselves the value of the Monmouthshire Games.
Councillor Greenland, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member with responsibility for leisure said: “I’m thoroughly impressed by the service offered by all four leisure centres and salute the staff as well as those volunteering. The Monmouthshire Games is a very important programme for the county as it not only delivers activity for children but also helps in the development of education and life skills.”
Councillor Powell added: “As Chairman of Monmouthshire County Council I’m very proud that our leisure centres provide this wonderful service, not only in the summer but also during all school holidays.”
Councillors Greenland and Powell were accompanied by the council’s Chief Officer for Children and Young People, Will McLean. He commented: “Skills acquired in the Monmouthshire Games will help children to excel in sports and their application and attitude will allow them to develop in other areas when they return to school for the autumn term.”
This summer’s Monmouthshire Games has received funding from the Monmouthshire Housing Association as well as the Abergavenny and Chepstow town councils to enable even more children to attend and the council’s leisure team has expressed its grateful thanks for this support. The current sessions run until Friday 25th August but further games are scheduled for October’s half-term and the Christmas holidays.
For further information visit: www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/things-to-do/monleisure/abergavenny-leisure-centre/childrens-activities-abergavenny-leisure-centre