New holiday club launched after demand from parents

A Shropshire sports coaching company has launched an extended multi-sport holiday club for youngsters as young as three years old for the first time due to the demand from full-time working parents.

Ball Sports Community Coaching has run holiday clubs at Oswestry School for the last six years but this year will be offering a club from 8.30pm to 5.30pm for five out of the six weeks of the summer holidays for the first time. It is also the first time they will be offering a “Mini Ball Sports” for children aged from three to five years old at Oswestry School.

The Telford-based company which also works with schools across the region and runs holidays clubs in Market Drayton has also launched a new membership scheme to help parents save cash.

Neil Prescott, Ball Sports director, said boys and girls from as young as three from across the county would be able to try out a number of sports at the sessions, whilst giving parents the chance to work their normal working day.

He said: “We were literally inundated with requests from parents who were desperate for a club where both their school aged children and their pre-school aged children could attend together.

“Many children in nursery are only in term time only so they also need childcare and what better way for them to spend their holidays but with their siblings.”

Neil added: “We offer football, cricket, rounders and also swimming in the indoor pool, which is very unique for a holiday club.

“Our attendance numbers year on year have increased and due to this success, we have decided to run the club in Oswestry for five out of the six weeks.

“Also the short days offered by holiday clubs can sometimes be more of a burden on parents and be more costly as they organise and pay for childminders to care for them until perhaps 10am and then drop them off and then the same again at the other end of the day.

“Holiday clubs are extremely popular and parents love the fact their children have something structured to do in the long summer holidays.

“The children learn about new sports and make new friends. It’s a great way to spend the summer.”

Neil runs the company with his father Jim Prescott and business partner Steve Lalley from Market Drayton.

The trio also run holiday clubs at Market Drayton Cricket Club.

Neil, a father of two, said: “We have also launched our new membership scheme. For members the holiday club will cost £12 per day and for non-members, it will be £15 per day.

“Membership only costs £25 and the savings really work out for busy working parents.”

Mr Lalley said they had extended the day and the number of weeks it was available following feedback from parents.

“Parents organise joint drop offs with other parents so only one has to do it one week and then another parent does it the following but both the parents and the children were keen for the full day.

“The support from Oswestry has been fantastic and the facilities at Oswestry School are brilliant so come rain or shine the parents are safe in the knowledge their children are having fun,” he said.

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