Our Activate years….

Victor Martinez Guija has been attending Activate Camps for several years with his younger brothers. His family have travelled from Spain for the past 5 summers to holiday, travel and most importantly – take part in Activate Camps! Here he tells us his story from hist first camp to his first camp as a coach…

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The Coniston Challenge

We’re now recruiting teams for the 2015 Coniston Challenge!

Team of siwill attempt to walk up (and down) the Old Man of Coniston, followed by a quick 17 mile bike ride around Lake Coniston, finishing off with a canoe across the lake!


You team of six will split into pairs, with each couple starting with a different challenge, once everyone has completed the three challenges your times will be added together to see which team of six has completed the activities the quickest.

The Coniston Challenge costs £300 per person, this includes;

  • Travel up to the Lake District on Thursday 24th September
  • Overnight accommodation, evening meal and breakfast.
  • Hire of bike and canoe
  • Travel back to Birmingham.

The coach will leave from Birmingham International Station and stop off to collect participants from Dunston Business Village and Knutsford Services.

£200 of the cost goes to support the Activate Sport Foundation, giving young people sporting opportunities throughout the UK. If you want to pay £100 and fundraise for the other £200, please contact Tom Swainston who will help you set up a Just Giving Page.

For more information email tom.swainston@activatesport.co.uk or call 01785 711572

2 for 1 Voucher at Nottingham Big Fun Run! Code BFR15ACTIVATE

Big Fun Run series gives people of all abilities the chance to kick start a new, active 2015. Set in 18 of the UK’s most iconic parks from Glasgow to Brighton, the 5k events are aimed at all members of the family, with entry free for children under 5.BFR _A4 Poster_Location_Nottingham-page-001

The emphasis is on fun at the charitable events, where over £200,000 was raised for good causes last year. Oragniser GSi Events, who also host the Edinburgh Marathon and Bournemouth Marathon say: “Each run has a friendly atmosphere whilst offering an achievable challenge “

Big Fun Run Event Director, Neil Kilgour said: “Tens of thousands of people take part in Big Fun Run every year, it attracts people of all shapes, sizes and ages. No event is timed, it is all about having fun and raising funds for a charity close to your heart.

“It is a great event for all the family and it is not unusual to see grandma, mum and daughter all lining up together at the startline. We also have many people taking part in fancy dress to add to the feel good atmosphere.”

Among those set to enter is Karen Marshall who intends to take part in the Victoria Park event in London on Sunday 1st November. “We are running as a family group for our Mum Annie, who has stage 6 Alzheimer’s, giving the money we raise to the Alzheimer Society.” Karen said.

“We are thinking of bringing her on the run with us in her wheelchair and we’ll all, including Mum be wearing our ‘Running for Annie’ T-shirts.” They also took part in last year’s event at the East London venue.

“We had a fabulous day out.” Karen recalls. “We wanted to try to raise some money for the Alzheimer’s Society – Mum loves being outside so we decided to run 5k with the Big Fun Run as a family group.

“We ran with Mum in her wheelchair and she managed to walk over the finish line herself at about the 40 minute mark to huge cheers from the crowds. Everyone was so helpful and supportive. We couldn’t have wished for a better fund raising day and overall a lovely family day out.”

The Big Fun Run events run from July to November, to see all the venues and to find out how to enter, visit www.bigfunrun.com



Win a family break for four with Butlin’s!

Activate have teamed up with Butlin’s to give you a great saving and the chance to win a family break for four people (2 adults, 2 children under 14yrs) to stay in a Gold self-catering apartment (any resort) or Hotel Room at Bognor Regis!


It was always Billy Butlin’s goal to help hardworking families rediscover their zest and sparkle. He believed in a beautiful ocean, fresh sea air and plenty of space to play as the essential ingredients of a brilliant family break. Whether it’s indoor, outdoors, day or night you will find plenty of things to keep you entertained at Butlin’s

With a huge variety of activities there’s something for everyone. You can get active in coached sports sessions, get creative with arts and crafts, be entertained with brilliant live shows or even try something new like fencing or climbing… after all that’s what a holiday is all about!

B3237-BUT-ACTIVATE-SPORT-GIFRain never stops play at Butlin’s and with our indoor Splash Waterworlds you can enjoy everything from gentle paddling to high- octane flumes and raft rides. There is even a special shallow area for little ones with mini slides and fountains plus comfy loungers for mum and dad.

Butlin’s understands that no two families are the same so there is a great choice of accommodation to help you feel at home. Whether you choose a comfy apartment, our brand new chalets or a contemporary hotel, you’ll feel welcome and relaxed in all our accommodation.

Exclusive for Activate customers, Butlin’s are offering an extra £20 off your family’s 2015 break. Just quote ACTIVATE when booking! To find the perfect break for your family why not pop over to www.butlins.com or give the friendly team a call on 0845 070 4725.

There is also a chance to win a family break for 4 people! Simply click here and enter your details. The winner will be selected at random.

Don’t forget to quote ACTIVATE for an extra £20 off your break.


Offer Code T&C’s

Valid = From 10.04.15 until 31.12.15

  1. Extra £20 off is a per booking discount and applies to new bookings only for 2015 family breaks when quoting offer code ACTIVATE.
  2. This £20 off cannot be used with any other offer or internet code and breaks must be booked and taken by 31st December 2015.
  3. £20 off does not apply to 2 night breaks or rooms for 2.
  4. All offers are subject to promotional availability, may be withdrawn at any time and cannot be combined with any other offer or internet code except the 5% Premier Club loyalty discount.
  5. The maximum call charge for bookings is 4p per minute from a BT landline. Calls from other networks may vary. Booking and staying at a Butlins resort will be subject to Butlins terms and conditions see www.butlins.com/terms. Butlins Skyline Limited, 1 Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL. Registered in England No. 04011665.


Competition T&C’s:

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  1. The prize is one family break for four people (2 adults, 2 children under 14yrs) to stay in a Gold self-catering apartment or Hotel Room at Bognor Regis, for either a 3 night (Friday – Monday) or 4 night (Monday – Friday) term time break in 2015. The prize must be taken during term time at any Butlins resort: Bognor Regis, Minehead or Skegness. No cash alternatives are available.
  2. The prize excludes food, travel and other related expenses but does include selected entertainment and activities.
  3. The prize must be booked and taken by 31st December 2015.
  4. Travel dates are subject to availability and exclude Bank Holidays, Christmas and New Year (23 Dec – 31 Dec 2015).
  5. Bookings are subject to availability. Winners must be lead guest and be present on arrival. At least one guest must be over the age of 21 years.
  6. Booking and staying at a Butlins resort will be subject to Butlins terms and conditions, see butlins.com/terms. Butlins Skyline limited, 1 Park Lane, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP2 4YL. Registered in England No. 04011665

Have you ever had to take time off work because your regular childcare arrangements broke down?

Perhaps the nursery was shut, your nanny was sick or your regular childminder was on holiday?

Normal childcare arrangements do go wrong. Funnily enough, although the average working parent in the UK will have a childcare breakdown 9 times a year, it’s not something people tend to think about. Until it actually happens.


Emergency Childcare lets you plan ahead for such situations, and when things go wrong, you can book an emergency nanny, nursery or childminder anywhere in the UK with as little as 30 minutes’ notice.
Exclusive Offer for Activate Sport parents

As a valued Activate parent, we’re delighted to share with you an exclusive offer from our friends at Emergency Childcare. Join up using the promotional code ACT75 to receive a full year’s membership plus a £20 childcare credit for just £75. That’s a saving of £44.60.

Need further information?

Visit www.emergencychildcare.co.uk to find out more and check out your local backup childcare options.

When joining, remember to use the promotional code ACT75 to receive your discount. All the best from Activate Sport and Emergency Childcare.


“I need a new….”

Great discounts and extra 10% off too!

We all still remember, and some of us still get, that warm fuzzy feeling of opening a box with a shiny new pair of boots, or unwrapping the cover round a new tennis racket. With the days getting longer and the sun trying to burst through to dry up the rain we are…yes…we are…getting close to the summer!

Not only does the summer bring (hopefully!) sunshine, but it also signals the start of the warmer outdoor sporting season. With the new season comes the need for a new bat, ball, bag, or racket. All parents know what we mean when we hear the drawn out ‘a’ in “Daddy” or ‘u’ in “Mummy” which is closely followed by “I need a new….”

If you want to save then visit our fiends at www.owzat-cricket.co.uk and enter the code OZFLAC10 to receive an extra 10% off your order. All for just being an Activate Sport customer! Not only will you save but you will get great advice and also be able to choose from the best range of equipment and clothing.

Although it hits us parents in the wallet the irony is that we should be buying new gear for the cricket season. “Why?” I hear you scream, well let me explain.

At Activate Sport, and in cricket with our Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy, we are all about encouraging children to learn and develop new skills and helping them be inspired to have a passion for cricket. Part of this is being able to achieve some success, see improvement in themselves and willingly accept challenges without fear.

So why does this need the new pair of gloves or pads or bat? Quite simply because it will fit! Using last year’s kit was great for last year while it was the right size but now he/she has grown 6 inches they need a bigger size. Using last year’s bat might now look like a toothpick in their hands!

I hear the lightbulbs flashing already – the answer is to buy big this year so it lasts for 2 years! No – I am afraid that is equally debilitating too. Can you imagine wearing shoes that are too big and expecting to run the same 5k time in them than ones that fit? A bat or pads that are too big can be really damaging to a player’s technique and confidence so the real answer is ‘Buy to fit’.

There are plenty of reasons why your son or daughter wants the latest kit or equipment. Their best mate has got a new bat or they really want the same as their hero who is on the poster in the shop. Some kit can be brought out year after year and last longer (for example a bag which most parents end up carrying anyway!) but the message is, for the sake of your child’s cricketing future, buy for now and accept that last year’s bat is now this year’s favourite garden toy.

Of course, with the new expense comes the need to take care of the new kit. Our friends at Owzat Cricket not only offer great discounts but also great advice. Visit them at www.owzat-cricket.co.uk or give them a call on 0800 542 8711 and use the code OZFLAC10 to save 10%. Even better – visit them at their fantastic showroom just off the M1 junction 28 at DE55 2ER.

See Louis Smith at the 2015 Artistics Gymnastics British Championships

DSC_2840-EditWe will be supporting our very own Louis Smith at the 2015 Artistics Gymnastics British Championships at the end of March. It is an important tournament for Louis as the results will determine the team who will go through to compete for GB in the next World Championships in Glasgow.

The event is taking place at Liverpool’s Echo Arena and you can get an exclusive 15% off by being an Activate Sport member! Prices start from just £5.95 and you can get your discount by quoting BGpartner when calling the box office 0844 561 7672 or booking online at www.echoarena.com

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On Friday 27th March will be the rising stars in the Women’s juniors, Men’s Under 16 and 18 competitions. Over the weekend (28th & 29th March) will be Men’s and Women’s seniors who compete on all apparatus for their respective titles. The ‘Road to Rio’ has begun and the battle for places will be fierce.

Places are already filing up quickly on our Louis Smith Gymnastics Academies. For the list of venues and dates please click here


New national festival coming to Surrey promises to keep the whole family entertained this summer

goFest-reversedIt’s an unfortunate fact that the UK has a rapidly growing obesity problem affecting adults and children at all ages. As adults, you may find it tricky fitting sport or exercise into a hectic lifestyle. And with a rise in hours spent watching TV, online, and playing computer games, it’s no surprise that children are more active in the cyber world than the real one!

GoFest, the UK’s Family Festival of Sport, Fitness, Dance and Health has been designed specifically to tackle this. Coming to Surrey Sports Park, Guildford on 10-12 July 2015, the festival provides an opportunity to enjoy quality family time over an active and motivating three days of fun, sport, dance and entertainment to make the whole family feel good!

iStock_000008235598_Double50 sports and 25 varieties of dance and fitness classes and a range of various zones means GoFest is the perfect platform to come and have a Go at a range of activities… and you may even find you have a secret talent too!  With all day entertainment, you can soak in the festival vibes and enjoy live dance and music acts in the beautiful Surrey surroundings with your family from the moment you enter, until the moment you leave.

Come and join Activate Sport at GoFest, where we’ll be leading the multi-sport coaching in the GoKids zone with activities including dodgeball, fencing and rounders!

Sound good? GoFest are providing Activate Sport members with an exclusive 10% off ticket sales when you purchase your GoFest tickets before May 31st using promo code GoActivate.  So what are you waiting for? Go to www.gofest.co.uk and give your family something to get excited about!

“A penny for your thoughts” or 15% off your next Activate Sport camp!

letyanoActivate Sport have recently partnered with Letyano, an exciting start-up technology company. Letyano have developed a free downloadable feedback app to enable customers to give feedback in return for a reward. Each feedback survey asks 7 questions and takes less than a minute to complete.

We are constantly looking at ways to improve our camps as well as ensuring that your children get the most out of them.  As we are also passionate about innovation, we have partnered with Letyano to collect feedback from our customers in the quickest and easiest way for you!

Letyano is available on iPhones and Android phones through the App Store or Google Play. Simply search for Letyano, download the small app, answer 7 quick questions and immediately receive a reward of 15% off your next Activate Sport camp, when prompted by your post camp email.

Letyano does not send you lots of annoying emails and your registration information won’t be passed on to anyone else.  Only our Managers at Activate Sport will be able to see your feedback.

Letyano has many partners who are also looking for customer feedback; all of whom provide various rewards in return for your opinion.  So once you’ve completed the Activate Sport survey, the rest are available for you to take advantage of!

We look forward to receiving your feedback on our camps!

Say No to fizzy drinks! Thank you golfer Paul Lawrie.

_60473737_paul_lawrieAt Activate Sport we advocate leading an active and healthy lifestyle. In modern day living do we really understand what that means? As busy parents it is often easy to take the ‘short cut’ or ‘easy win’ when it comes to our children and what they ask for or need. How damaging can that be to their health and success?

On our Academies and camps we ask children to bring a refillable drinks bottle with them each day. We know they will get thirsty and we often work them hard to get thirsty! Our venues are chosen carefully to ensure we have access to water so that we can re-fill bottles throughout the day. We supply each course with no added sugar squash for some flavour if desired.

Paul LawrieWe have written blogs before about the damaging effects of fizzy drinks and it is easy to ‘treat’ our children or give them a can of coke to take with them. Do we realise the high levels of sugar in them and how damaging they can be? Activate Sport  encourage parents to bring a refillable drinks bottle so that this does not happen. Re-filling a can of coke with water just won’t work and it tends to go everywhere!

What has this got to do with Paul Lawrie? This weekend I read about Paul Lawrie and his addiction to cola. He suffered a slump in form when tried to quit his several litres a day addiction. He yo-yo’d from sugar highs to deep lows.

 “I lost all confidence in myself. I wouldn’t say I went through a breakdown but I definitely got exceptionally emotional. It was very difficult to deal with all of the situations coming at me. Whether that had anything to do with my mental state in any shape or form, I have no idea.”

You can read the full article on the BBC website here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/golf/31478765

Thank you for speaking out Paul. Spreading the message is important by leading sporting role models and we wish you the best in returning to form. Cola free.

This weekend, my son requested water. Not squash, not juice, no fizz and “no ice Daddy – just water”. What a proud moment and all the more meaningful as it came from himself. This is what we mean by a healthy lifestyle…