Record-breaking summer camps under way

Parents looking for some energetic entertainment for their children during the summer holidays will have to act quickly to book on some record-breaking sports camps.

Ball Sports Community Coaching is running sessions at Oswestry School and Market Drayton Cricket Club throughout the school holidays - and managers say they have had a huge amount of interest from parents.

A report published by the Family and Childcare Trust in July said almost 90 per cent of councils in England did not have enough holiday club provision for children during the school holidays.

Neil Prescott, joint managing director of Ball Sports, said the company had never put on as many summer camps before, and they were still struggling to meet demand.

“The summer holiday sports sessions are proving to be phenomenally popular,” he said.

“We have already had more people signing up prior to the summer holidays starting, and we are sure that every session will be full as the holidays get into full swing.

“If anyone is interested in booking a place, we would urge them to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Oswestry School and Market Drayton Cricket Club are the venues for the sports camps, with sessions taking place almost every day during the school holidays until September 4.

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Ball Sports Community Coaching was founded by Neil Prescott and Steve Lalley in 2008 and has grown significantly over the past year.

The company, sponsored by Telford-based National Windscreens, now works with 25 schools across Shropshire and runs regular after-school clubs and football academies.

Mr Prescott said the demand for sessions during school holidays had increased dramatically in recent years, leading to the record-breaking number of holiday camps this year.

He said: “As the cost of childcare continues to rise, finding somewhere for their children to be looked after and entertained during six or seven weeks over the summer is a daunting prospect for parents.

“We were contacted by numerous parents earlier this year asking us to increase the number of holiday camps, and we are running sessions almost every day during the holidays this year.

“By the time the schools go back in September, we will have seen hundreds of children at our sessions which will be our busiest season ever.”