MNR Coaching Free Fit & Fed Camps supported children impacted by the lockdown
During the current pandemic children from lower social economic groups have been some of the most affected by inactivity and reduced support through social activities or programmes.
MNR Coaching, a GBA Healthy Active Me programme partner, ran Fit and Fed camps during the February half-term and supported 40 children in total with fun physical activities and nutritious food.
The camps allowed children from families that had been severely affected by the national lockdown to enjoy free activity sessions delivered across 3 days. Nutritious lunches were kindly provided by Lunch Bags for Kids.
Fit and Fed camps aim to create an environment that helps children improve their social, physical and mental wellbeing.
MNR Coaching successfully offered their camps to 20 children at Spurcroft Primary School and 19 children from Calcot Primary School. Working closely with the schools we were able to identify the children who should be targeted for the project.
All children engaged in over 20 different activities and games. The programme gave each child structure and the engagement they needed for their physical and mental health. It also gave children who had not socialised with friends since the Christmas break the opportunity to see one another during uncertain times, this had an amazing effect.
We asked 22 families how active their child had been during lockdown before and then during the camp. See their answers below:
Over half the children had been inactive before the camp but the 3 day camps saw a huge rise in activity levels by over 80% of the children.
We also saw a big improvement in children's mental health as a result of attending the camp:
All 22 responses received from families scored their enjoyment of the camp at 8 out of 10 or higher
See below comments from parents describing the Fit and Fed camps:
I honestly can't thank you enough. Leo absolutely loved the camp. He came home and was excited to tell us all what he'd been up to each day. It's definitely made me realise what a difference physical exercise makes to mental and physical health, especially in children. It was the social interaction he'd been craving during lockdown.
The camp gave my children something positive to do, they really enjoyed it and the staff were amazing