What a way to kick off our fantastic Easter Holiday camps! We’ve had a phenomenal time running camps in the south of the country this week. We have run at 8 venues so far spanning 5 counties, with a further 20 venues to come.
We have some incredible camps lined up over the next 2 weeks including our Cooking Club, packed full of exciting Easter recipes and Freestyle Soccer Camps with an amazing star visit from the world-renowned football freestyler, Jamie Knight. This week we have had NETU’s Rosie Harris as an amazing star visit on our camp at St George’s School, Harpenden and have her sister, Lucy Harris attending next week.
We can’t wait for another incredible fun filled week next week! If you would still like to book on for our camps please visit www.activatecamps.co.uk
Activate Camps are pleased to announce that we are partnering with NETU for our Netball Fever camps in 2022! We are very excited about the launch of this partnership, all of our Netball Fever camps will receive a visit from one of the NETU founders, Rosie, Lucy or Molly Harris. During their star visits they will be helping to coach everyone on camp and running sessions on what it takes to play Superleague Netball.
Lucy has visited a number of Activate Camps previously as one of our star athletes and we look forward to her visiting again this year.
NETU aim to help players with many of the aspects of fitness within modern netball. These include strength, endurance, stability, injury prevention, skills, agility, nutrition and mental wellbeing which they have used to develop a circular fitness concept. They aim to allow all netballers, regardless of age, ability and position to train smart. We will definitely be using their expertise to help develop our Netball Fever curriculum including introducing specific NETU fitness sessions every day! They also have some phenomenal fitness sessions all of which can be viewed on their YouTube channel netu fitness – YouTube
Recently they have launched the NETU clothing line for all campers, members and followers! The clothing is pro-environmental with all clothing made from organic cotton or recycled polyester and will be packaged in to recyclable paper bags or posted in biodegradable packages. All packages are delivered by DHL in line with their green logistic initiative.
We look forward to working with the girls in 2022 and hope to allow more children to enjoy netball!
Summer camps start next week, but that’s not the only way to interact with Activate over the next couple of months. We are also launching our new sports app! Try it for free with your child at home to get them excited and boost their confidence ahead of camp. All bookings will have access to a free 14-day full version trial of the app.
What makes our sports app great? Why choose it over all other apps available out there?
16 years of top camps experience – condensed in a sports app
The app reflects our experience of more than 16 years of running active and inspiring sports camps. It offers our knowledge as the leading provider of sports camps for children across the UK using age-specific fitness, sport and challenge activities to develop children across a wide range of functional movement and sport specific skills.
It comes packed with options to boost fitness levels, sports skills and confidence. Once you have signed up to the free trial, you can watch all the activities available in video format. Then, all your child needs to do is follow the on-screen instructions to complete the activity.
Give the Skills Challenges a go and track your fitness and skill stats progress.
Step by step guide to our sports app
Now that you booked a place for your child on one of our camps, you gain access to the sports app. Follow the next simple steps and start using it!
What are the most important residential camps benefits that your child will get from such an experience? It sounds like a very valid question to ask. We started with this question in mind when we put together our residential camps programmes.
Being the leading provider of active and inspiring childcare in the UK for 16 years has taught us a few valuable things. Everything we offer our young participants is based on both experience and feedback received through all these years.
While these things that we’ve learnt, tested and perfected, make us the best, we also love sharing them to help you and your children make the best decision for their summer adventures away from home.
Let’s look at the top 5 residential camps benefits to any child looking for their camp experience of a lifetime.
Gain more independence on residential camps
Does sending them away from home on their own for the first time sound scary to you and your child? That very first leap towards being more independent may feel slightly frightening at first. Spending the day on a camp near home usually comes across as more familiar than going away for 5 days.
Any such thoughts and nervousness melt once the child arrives on location. They meet new friends whom they can get to know properly. They familiarise themselves with the new environment which they progressively make their own. And they return home with great memories and a big sense of achievement.
Dealing with new situations and environments, while meeting new people and having lots of fun doing activities is one of the best ways to promote independence at any age.
Take more ownership on residential camps
“With great freedom comes great responsibility” – so the saying attributed to Peter Parker/Spiderman goes. Spiderman fans will know this quote already. Whether into superhero movies or not, most children enjoy the freedom they gain on a residential camp.
An enhanced sense of freedom, mixed with engaging in meaningful activities, encourages children to be more responsible. Taking ownership of their choices and actions follows as a natural result.
Being given more responsibility always contributes to personal growth and development. When you add adventure and fun to it, you have the best mix to boost your child’s confidence. With that newly gained confidence, children often get better organised, make better plans, and achieve more in the future.
Adventure and learning on residential camps
We design and plan our camps always thinking of what children will learn with us. Many of our young participants already practise their favourite sport, such as netball or lacrosse. They might already love cooking. By participating on our camps, they will face the challenge to always be better at what they are doing. They learn new ways to improve their skills, new techniques, how to better evaluate their own results.
It might all sound very knowledge orientated. While this is true, so is that fact that children learn a lot better in a fun environment that nourishes their sense of adventure. Our coaches and camp leaders know how to make every task fun and exciting.
Children return from camps with great memories of their adventures with their friends!
Create deeper bonds with friends on residential camps
We all know how different meeting friends at school or work, and doing something fun together outside official hours is. What about learning and improving skills while enjoying adventures together with your friends?
A residential camp mixes the best of both worlds. Children continue to learn a lot, without that obvious emphasis on the didactic process. They also spend a lot more time with their friends than in the exclusive company of adults. They share their achievements, questions and sense of wonder together.
Friendship bonds always strengthen when we share amazing experiences together. It applies to children as much as it applies to adults.
Inspire each other on residential camps
When children develop deeper bonds with their friends, they tend to help and inspire each other more. As your child achieves better results on our camps, they will be encouraged to help their friends too. Everybody benefits from doing activities together.
At Activate Camps, we know how important it is to inspire children through the activities we offer. In our experience, an inspired and motivated child will engage better, challenge themselves more and aim to achieve more.
It is a fundamental human trait that we find inspiration in people who are close to us. Yes, we always learn from leaders. Learning from our own peers often feels more meaningful.
Here at Activate Camps we have now developed our first residential camp programmes with all of the above in mind. Check out our residential camps page below and book a place for your child today!
Coach Max Everett, who hosted Alex Tudor’s visit in one of our Easter camps, talks about the value such visits bring:
“Having a star visit Activate Camps is an amazing opportunity for the kids. They are able to ask questions and learn from former and current professional players. It’s not only the kids that can get star struck but also the coaches!”
Fun and motivation at high level in Easter Camps
Ex-England international cricketer Alex Tudor joined our participants both on the pitch and in a Q&A session.
Watch him bowl, in the video below, with each group so batters could test their skill against him. They all engaged and it felt like a big game unfolding right there, at our venue!
Later, Alex Tudor shared his experience, talking about what it takes to get to that elite level of cricket. Children and coaches alike were captivated by his stories.
Stay tuned to our social media channels. We will have a lot more video content with our star visits and Ambassadors for you soon.
Covid safety at the forefront of Activate Camps
After a lot of uncertainty and strain we all felt through this pandemic, our sports camps brought back the cheer, the inspiration, the focus for everybody to be at their best.
We kept our camps Covid safe with measures in place to reduce virus related risks. With the same Covid related safety in mind, and the prospect of making further great memories while improving skills, we are looking forward to our summer camps now.
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We are excited to announce we have won the Feefo Trusted Service award, an independent seal of excellence that recognises businesses for delivering exceptional experiences, as rated by you.
Created by Feefo, Trusted Service is awarded only to businesses that use Feefo to collect genuine reviews and insights. Businesses who meet the high standard, based on the number of reviews they have collected and their average rating, receive the award. A highly valued badge of approval, this accreditation remains unique, as it is based purely on interactions with real customers. As all reviews are verified as genuine, the accreditation is a true reflection of a business’s commitment to outstanding service.
Feefo gives Trusted Service awards to businesses that have collected at least 50 reviews between January 1st 2020 and December 31st 2020, with a Feefo service rating of between 4.0 and 4.4. However, this year the criteria have been adjusted to avoid penalising businesses suffering unduly from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Organisations that won a Trusted Service award last year but struggled to achieve the required number of reviews this year, have been assessed on an average rating over the 24-month period covering 2020 and 2019.
Looking for the Christmas present of the year for your family?
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Black Friday! It’s one of the busiest shopping days of the year. With an estimated £8 billion being spent by British consumers over the course of this weekend. Most people are busy buying material gifts to exchange over Christmas.
But this year why not buy your child an experience that could really benefit them. We have a wide range of camps running over the school holidays in 2021 with everything from Multi Activity to Cookery to Freestyle Football and much more in between.
After being cooped up in lockdown this year, give them the holidays that they deserve. Take the stress out of the school holidays and book your child on to an Activate Camp today, allowing them to have an amazing holiday and giving you some time to kick back and relax.
We are now offering a 20% discount for the next 5 days (until midnight 1st December) off all camps for 2021 using the code FUN20.