FUN & FRIENDSHIP
The safe and engaging childcare that you need with the fun and exciting activities that children love
We deliver our activities every school holiday, every day, in partnership with Abbeycroft Leisure and Skyliner Sports Centre.
- Customer rated “Outstanding”*
- Comprehensive sports authority insurance
- Run by our regular Schools Support, Academy and Community staff
- All Staff:
– Enhanced childcare DBS checked
– Safeguarding certified
– First aid trained
– Activity qualified
Themes of Provision
- Fun, exciting and engaging
- Unique variety and choice
- Challenging and educational
Our varied sport and game activites provide fun and learning during school holidays for children aged seven to eleven. Our first class staff, who also deliver our football Academy and primary schools programmes, ensure expert and reliable service.
A Typical Day
A general format structures the time your child has with us, but this is influenced by the preferences of the children, the weather and the availability of facilities/equipment.
Although our holiday club days have football at their core, there are lots of other sports on offer throughout the day. The schedule may include: badminton, baseball, basketball, bowls, cricket, golf, handball, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby, table tennis, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and more.
Registration occurs in our base room until around 9.30am and during that time the coaches encourage the children to interact with one another by tasking them to plan the first activity – a short period of outdoor football free-play in small groups. The base room is used throughout the day for rest periods and lunch.
After the free-play a group activity is delivered by the coaches. Mid morning break follows, after which there is a second group activity either outdoors or in the sports hall. An hour lunchbreak is taken at around 12.30pm. Age appropriate games and entertainment are provided during the breaks.
The afternoon begins with a period of outdoor football free-play followed by a group activity. After a mid afternoon break the last period involving a group activity is normally taken indoors.
Advanced and Specialised Sport Camps
Advanced and Specialised Sport Camps run alongside holiday club days at Skyliner. Please book these separately in our online shop. The Academy camps run with free childcare for the hours before and after, and the Girls-only camp benefits by having free early drop-off. Example camps:
– Academy Goalkeepers
– Academy Soccer
– Girls-Only Football
– Academy Tennis
– Academy Cricket
School years 1 to 8. Numbers limited – Early booking advised.
All club days are subject to minimum and maximum booking numbers.
Themes: See Holiday Clubs page for descriptions of club days.
Times: full-day 9am to 5pm
>>>>>>half-day 4 hrs, 9am to 1pm or 1pm to 5pm
Prices: full-day £28
>>>>>>half day £18
The availability of places on each day is up-to-date within 12 hours, as either: good availability (over six places), some availability (up to 3 places) or NO PLACES.
Venue: Skyliner Sports Centre, Rougham Tower Avenue, Bury St Edmunds IP32 7QB. We are outdoors and indoors for activities, with indoor changing and eating facilities. Meet in the sports hall, or if you’re new, reception staff will call us to collect you. You can arrive from 8.50am, and pick-up is 5pm.
What to bring: Appropriate sportswear with consideration to the weather. Activities will be both indoors and outdoors so bring both boots and trainers. Although times and durations in the sports hall and on the outdoor astro pitch will be carefully measured according to the weather please consider bringing changes of clothes on wet days, and hats and sun cream on sunny days. Shin pads should be worn during football activities with physical contact, but aren’t necessary for non-contact games and practise. Your child must have plenty of drink (but no fizzy please), snacks for breaks and a packed lunch if applicable.
Contact details on the day: Emergency contact Darren Brown 07772 781404. Welfare back-up contact Nikki Brown 07867 007528. Non urgent messages/instructions can be passed direct to the lead coach who will provide you with their phone number or at Skyliner you can contact our staff via reception 01284 776300.
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Terms and booking instructions
– Term 1: Book at least 21 days in advance for 3 for 2 offer
– Term 2: Cancel with 21 days notice full refund
– Term 3: Cancel within 21 days no refund
Terms and Conditions, and Covid-19
By booking a holiday club you are declaring the participant is free of any symptoms of Covid-19. If the participant has Covid-19 symptoms, while this is the case and for 14 days after they cease, he/she must isolate and so not attend any Sporting Trust activities. All normal general terms apply for participants and if applicable parents/carers – See Terms & Conditions. All special Covid-19 related terms apply – See Special Covid-19 Terms & Conditions
Q & A
You may find it useful to the know the answers of these common questions.
Q1 Would my child enjoy your Holiday Club; she’s not into football?
A1 Although each holiday club day contains a variety of sports by design football is a repeating feature throughout. This is because we are a football based organisation and most of our holiday club customers also attend our football academy, or partner football club. However, we also work in schools delivering all sorts of extracurricular clubs and PE lessons which brings us a different group of children, and means our coaches are knowledgeable and adept at organising a variety of activities. In addition we typically have syblings of ‘footballers’ enrolled on our holiday club days and those not involved in regular football who enjoy their time with us. Sometimes we play games with footballs, but not necessarily football, and individual football practice doesn’t have peer pressure to perform as part of a team. We know most children really enjoy our club days, and we’d obviously encourage anyone to give it a go, but if a child has a particular aversion to football then perhaps it’s not for them. On the other hand if she just isn’t into football now, perhaps she’ll be keen after attending our club.
Q2 Would my child be okay to attend Holiday Club; he will be five years old but not yet school year one until several more months?
A2 Our holiday clubs are appropriate for children that are in school year one and above. However, this is only a guide and where a younger child is emotionally, socially and physically developed enough to be with us, then we’re happy for you to book. All children must be able to follow the coaches’ group instructions without any special or individual attention being needed.
Q3 What are your rules of supervision?
A3 As you’d expect during activities and rest periods the children are supervised constantly throughout the day. Our holiday club group use the facilities within the building that are not directly accessible by the public. Please note that the refreshment vending machines and cold water dispenser are in public areas and our coaches will not be able to accompany individuals if they wish to use them. Therefore only children given prior parental/carer permission will be allowed to leave the group to use them. When group activities are remote from our base room, e.g. on the astro, permission to visit the toilet or fetch personal equipment/clothing from the base room will only be given to individual children aged 8 and above; children younger than this will be assigned two ‘buddies’ to accompany them.
Q4 Can you guarantee the security of high value items such as smart phones and fitness devices?
A4 We require explicit written permission at the time of booking for children to use these items during holiday club time (use the Special Needs box on the online booking form). We don’t take responsibility for proper use, damage or loss.
Q5 What is your lost property policy?
A5 All items of lost property are deposited at Skyliner reception. This enables you to collect your property beyond the times of Holiday Club whenever the facility is open. You can contact Skyliner reception to check for items or opening times by phoning them on 01284 776300.
* Majority option Sporting Trust feedback review 2019.