As a sports coach and youth worker with London Sports Trust I’ve had many amazing experiences. I’ve met some great people, been to some fantastic events, and even felt the elation of winning awards, but by far the most rewarding thing I do is our SAFE Camp – the holiday sports camp we run for local kids in the community – so to find out that we have the chance to be recognised for a community award this year is amazing.
SAFE Camp is a perfect example of what cooperation can achieve. Between ourselves and organisations giving up their time like QPR, Met Track, Metropolitan Police, Police Cadets, Let Me Play, Action on Disabilities and Phoenix Academy – who perennially host the event - we put on an array of free fun activities to keep local children (some of whom are socially disadvantaged and even special needs or disabled) occupied and active, in a very safe environment, and all for free!
Local parents can drop off in the morning and pick up again in the afternoon, safe in the knowledge that their “little bundles of joy” from the ages of 8 – 16, are having the times of their lives learning from and being engaged by professionals from the worlds of sport, dance, hair and beauty, and so much more while they’re at work. It’s a great idea and lifeline for those who’d otherwise be struggling to occupy their kids in holiday times for financial and other reasons.
Recognising SAFE Camp for an award is completely worthy and this fantastic acknowledgement is a great shot in the arm for all those involved in bringing it to the hundreds of children and their families that have come to rely on it up to five times a year. Well done everyone involved, especially the community for their appreciation of what we do. Whether we actually win the award or not we’ll continue to stride forward with humility, professionalism and enthusiasm and continue to keep Safe Camp as the marquee children’s event of the holidays.