Holsworthy students enjoy healthy and active half term

North Devon Gazette

Children from schools in the Holsworthy area, including many from Dartmoor Multi-Academy Trust (DMAT), enjoyed a fantastic day of activities as part of the government-sponsored Holiday, Activities and Food (HAF) programme.

Students from Bradford Primary, Bridgerule Church of England Primary, Black Torrington Church of England primary and Holsworthy Primary all took part in the programme, which was originally designed by the government to provide healthy food and enriching activities for disadvantaged children in 2018.

Children participated in a range of healthy food and cooking activities, while also learning about healthy eating, what makes a balanced diet and the choices we can all make to keep ourselves healthy and well.

The children also discussed exercise and how to keep mentally well, for example, by spending time in nature or being with friends. All participants made and ate their own lunch – including wraps and fruit kebabs – and were able to take home some samples of recipes from the day.

The Department of Education granted Devon County Council £1.69 million to coordinate free holiday provision over the next 12 months, including healthy food and enriching activities.

So far, Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust has been successful in acquiring 2 bids and have run a HAF programme at Easter and the summer half term, and are exploring options for the summer holidays.  Â

School holidays can be particularly difficult for some families because of increased costs, such as food, and reduced incomes. For some children that can lead to a holiday experience gap.

Free holiday clubs are a response to this issue and evidence suggests that they can have a positive impact on children and young people.

Dan Morrow, CEO and Trust Leader for Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust, said: "I am extremely proud of the way in which the Holsworthy community came together to provide this fantastic package for so many students.

"As a Trust, we recognise and greatly value the important role that schools, community and voluntary organisations can play in delivering this programme and are keen to work with a wide range of partners to maximise resources and opportunities in the development of a HAF programme."