Activate has been a great release from my studies and has been a enjoyable job which works perfectly around studies, social commitments and other employment, or previous jobs.
Sophie Jancey, Camp Manager
Staff are the most important factor in a child’s experience on camp! They can have such a huge impact on a child’s life, in such a small time on camp. We are starting a series of blogs called ACTIVATE YOUR CAREER where we hear from some of Activate Camps’ seasonal staff members to find out why they love working for Activate Camps and what it has done for their career.
First up, we hear from
I was first introduced to Activate when I was 15 years old where I was able to be paired with a local camp and complete my Level 1 in Sports Leadership award. I thoroughly enjoyed this process and I was made to feel very welcomed by the staff on camp. This was a great start to my journey today.
At the age of 16, I managed to complete my first Level 1’s in Netball and Swimming. This therefore gave me the stepping stones to become a coach on camp the following Summer holidays. This was something I had been looking forward to doing, to gain experience of working with children within a sporting environment.
After working my first summer, I had started to fall in love the job and working with more experienced people to help me develop as a person and a coach. Meanwhile, I used my initial sports leader qualification to go on and complete level 2 and 3 in sixth form which played a massive role in my career which I will explain shortly.
I did two summers on Gymnastics, Cricket and Netball camps, and decided that I was now ready to start Camp Manager training. I then completed the training in June and completed my first summer as a Camp Manager. It is a step up from the Coaching role, but has allowed me to develop other coaches with my experience and run camps to a high level to ensure Children and Parents/Careers are fully satisfied with the delivery of them. As I have worked through positions in Activate I have been very proactive and gained a further 5 Level 2 Sports Coaching Qualifications in Netball, Hockey, Swimming, Dodgeball and Multi-Skills. Also 8 Level 1 Courses or Equivalent.
I have now worked as Camp Manager since on summer camps of a variety of sports. This has linked in well with my career ambition of becoming a secondary school PE teacher. Whilst working at activate I have completed A-Levels, and a degree in Physical Education and Sport Studies and I’m now currently undertaking a PGCE in Secondary PE. Unfortunately my A-Level grades were not as good as expected and The only reason I go into University was through the extra 20 UCAS points from my Level 3 Sports Leadership award, which initially started the earlier steps of this qualification through Activate. So has massively impacted on my career.
Activate has been a great release from my studies and has been a enjoyable job which works perfectly around studies, social commitments and other employment, or previous jobs. Whilst I was working at Activate the last 2 years I have worked as a Swimming Coordiantor along side and have used the skills of Camp Manager with this job. In turn, the skills and qualities it provides you with all help for future careers.
Currently whilst doing my PGCE I play Netball, coach and umpire at my Netball club, Tutor courses for Swim England and soon to be England Netball, whilst studying and one day hopefully doing my masters degree. I’m a huge sports fan and love participating in any sport or activity and being involved in community sports projects.
Just to end on a positive note, I have listed my 10 reasons why you should apply to work for Activate this summer, so…
1) Flexible around studies and other commitments 2) Training provided to help you become the best camp coach you can be 3) Proggression and future employment opportunities available for the right candidates 4) Beautiful venue’s to work at with great sports facilities 5) The friends you make with other coaches along the way, I have attached a photo of just a small fraction of all of the coaches I am still in contact with today. 6) The pay offered is reflective of your experience, expertise and is very competitive. 7) Head office staff are only a phone call away if you have any worries, concerns or problems throughout your employment, or recruitment process. 8) The opportunity to work in different area’s of the country with accommodation and travel expenses paid for. 9) Coaching hundreds of brilliant and talented children every summer is so rewarding, and often if you work at the same venue the summer after, the same children attend and remember you, which can make your day! 10) It’s GREAT FUN! Especially the final day, when children come dressed in country colours, they face paint themselves…and sometimes you, and use all their skills they have learned during the week to show off to you as their coaches and sometimes parents, it’s honestly great fun, so rewarding!
Hands up who’s excited by our Tutorful 5* recommendation!?!
Thank you to all of you wonderful parents and students who recommended Activate Camps as a summer camp absolutely worth a visit in Tutorful’s recent Incredible UK Summer Camps article. We are 5 star recommended!
Tutorful are an online platform allows parents to connect directly with talented and trusted tutors, removes the hassle of dealing in cash. Tutorful constantly strive to ensure that everyone can have access to a first class tutor: any subject, any age, we have the right tutor for you.
We’re really excited to tell you that our friends at Haven will be bringing their fabulous Nature Rockz programme to our Multi Activity Camps from Easter onwards.
With our Nature Rockz outdoor activities you will learn a world of outdoor skills with our trained Rangers. You’ll have the chance to discover creepy crawlies, learn about the natural beauty that surrounds us and become a Nature Rockz Mini Ranger.
You’ll also have the chance to get creative using natural materials found in the great outdoors, make natural crafts that help our wildlife and see what you can grow for yourself in your own home!
We’re bringing back kids’ favourites such as Shelter Building and Bug Hunting, Grass Heads, and Nature Collages. We’ve also introduced a new fun activity – Mini Match Box Animals – so your kids’ bush craft and creative skills can shine.
Sign up for our Multi Activity Camps at selected locations nationwide here and see what you can explore and discover with Nature Rockz.
For more information about this fantastic partnership and to explore more about what Haven and Nature Rockz can offer you this summer just click on the image below:
We are proud to announce that we have teamed up with the prestigious La Manga Club Tennis Academy to bring exclusive tennis coaching to some of our Activate Camps here in the UK this summer. And we are excited to say that this fantastic opportunity will be available at no additional cost to our attendees!
Based in Cartagena, Spain, The La Manga Tennis Academy is one of the most renowned tennis facilities in Europe. With more than 20 clay courts on offer, the facility is open year round and caters for recreational, club and elite level players.
This summer, coaches from the Academy in Spain will be joining us at our On Court Tennis camps in the UK, to spend a day working with our children and coaching them using the La Manga techniques and drills.
The coaches will also be visiting selected Gold Medal Academies throughout the country, to introduce the children to tennis and let them sample the unique coaching system.
Through a mixture of tennis based games, technical sessions and fun challenges, the La Manga Tennis Academy creates an exciting learning environment to suit all ages. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn tennis from specialist coaches and comes at no additional cost to our On Court Tennis camp or Gold Media Academy attendees.
To find out more about the fantastic La Manga Club and Resort click here
For exclusive La Manga offers available for families using Activate Camps, please click here
We’re so excited that ITV’s latest series of ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here’ features our very own Olympic Hockey star, Sam Quek.
Sam is one of twelve celebrities taking on the Australian jungle, and as the only current sports person amongst the camp mates, Sam is showing the team skills and leadership qualities that have helped her to reach the very top of her game.
Managed by us here at Activate Management, Sam Quek is an Olympic Gold Medal winner with the Team GB women’s Hockey team and leading light in British sport.
We’re offering you the chance to support Sam and be in with the chance to win a signed Sam Quek hockey stick. Here’s how…
Sam is eager to take on the Bushtucker trials and to stay in the jungle for as long as possible. We want you to help Sam by using the free ‘I’m a Celebrity’ App and in return you’ll be entered in to a draw to win a hockey stick signed by Sam. Here’s how…
Download the free ‘I’m a Celeb’ App on to a device and you’ll be given 5 free votes each time the programme is on air.
Use all your 5 votes for Sam to either do a trial or to stay in the jungle.
Activate are proud to announce that we are supporting the Change4Life campaign by becoming a national partner.
With our expansive network of camps across the country we are proud to be able to promote the Change4Life campaign and will be adding to our already amazing camps with new Change4Life activities.
Focusing on the “Get Going” area of the Change4Life campaign we will be introducing fun activities that will get all our camps kids active this summer.
We’ll be getting kids active every day with new games and activities designed to get the heart going, blood pumping and brain active ready for every camp day.
What is Change4Life?
These days, ’modern life’ can mean that we’re a lot less active. With so many opportunities to watch TV or play computer games, and with so much convenience and fast food available, we don’t move about as much, or eat as well as we used to.
Change4Life encourages adults and children to eat well, move more and become healthier.
As part of Change4Life, you can receive tons of helpful information, recipes, tools, tips, and games for the kids.
Change4Life National Partners
To be successful, Change4Life faces the challenge of getting families to change their lifestyles. Change4Life work with national partners, including commercial brands, government departments and NGOs, to reach far more people than they could alone.
Activate is glad to be one of these partners and we are proud to be able to promote the activities and messages surrounding a healthy and happy lifestyle to kids across the country who join us on our camps.
You already know that Activate are going to help your child get active this summer at all of our camps, but would you or your family like to be healthier and happier too? Would you like loads of ideas, recipes and games to help you do this? Then you already know why you should join Change4Life.
Joining is a brilliant first step to get the most out of Change4Life.
To find out more and to start using all the other great activities and helpful hints and tips for a healthier happier you, visit www.nhs.uk/change4lifeand sign up now.
Activate are delighted to have Tumbl Trak UK on board again in 2016 as our suppliers of specialised gym equipment for the Louis Smth Gymnastics Academy.
Tumbl Trak UK have supplied the academy since it started in 2015 supplying us with a host of equipment including their amazing T-Trainer which helps train skills for vault, tumbling AND bars. Click on the link below to see the T-Trainer in action
It is fantastic to have the support of Tumbl Trak and to be able to showcase some of the amazing products they have on offer.
Furthermore Tumbl Trak also provide gymnastics equipment that can be used in the home which means that your childs experience doesn’t have to end when they leave the academy.
Why not take a look and see how you can take gymnastics home with you. Visit www.tumbltrak.co.uk for more details.
Activate is delighted to announce that we will be launching the fantastic Nature Rockz programme at all of our Gold Medal, and Multi Sport & Activity Camps this Easter.
Simple pleasures are often the best, and with our Nature Rockz outdoor activities your child can go back to nature and be taught a number of essential nature skills by our trained instructors. They will also learn all about creepy crawlies and the natural beauty in the world that surrounds them.
Activate has joined up with Haven, Britain’s favourite seaside holiday provider, to deliver this exciting new programme and we just can’t wait to get outdoors and join the fun. Every participant will receive a Ranger certificate and plenty of fun nature crafts to take home and share with their family and friends.
This exciting new programme is being delivered as part of our popular camps at no extra cost, however places are limited. So what are you waiting for?
And what’s more, to build on the nature theme, why not take advantage of our Early Bird offer, book before the end of February and you’ll receive an extra 10% off all of our camps.
If you would like to know a little more about Haven and Nature Rockz click on the image above
Thanks to our partners, Micro Scooters UK, Activate will be bringing our fantastic Micro Scooter days to camps in 2016. Activate Micro Scooter days are an exciting part of the Multi Sport and Activity and Gold Medal Academy weeks at many of our venues.
All children have the chance to take part in lots of fun scooter activities as well as try out the Micro Scooters on site. Added to this there will be exclusive Micro prizes on the days, as well as offers throughout the year.
Micro Scooters are the leading children and adult scooter company in the UK. They have been providing fun filled family moments for thousands of parents, grandparents, toddlers, teenagers and everyone in between, for over a decade. Their iconic range of scooters are award winning and much revered by children and adults alike.
Get yourself a free Micro water bottle worth £6.95 when you buy any scooter from the Micro Scooter UK website. The offer is available on Aztec and Hearts water bottles and is valid until 1st April 2016. Simply add your chosen scooter and water bottle to your basket and when prompted use code ACTIVATE2016 to get the bottle for free.
There’s much, much, more to Micro…
For more ways to get involved, don’t forget to visit the Micro Scooters web page where you can get hints and tips for scooter activities, find out how to stay safe with “Scoot Safe”, and learn how you and your school could benefit from becoming a member of the “Scooters for schools” scheme.