This morning I visited the Northgate Sport Centre Summer Camp to hear more about the IBC Summer Holiday iCard activities for local Ipswich pupils. I met with the Sports and Leisure Service Manager at Ipswich Borough Council, Bella, who showed me around the camp. They have 50-60 users on a daily basis with the iCard Summer Holiday camp being offered for free to any eligible children between 5-16 years old who live between postcodes IP1-IP4.
This is a fun way for Ipswich pupils to fill their summer holidays with sporting activities such as football, gymnastics, basketball and trampolining. I was pleased to see that archery was also being offered with adjustments made for children with disabilities. Bella explained how they are working with charities to deliver sport activities, including some meant specially to support children with disabilities.
I continue to be incredibly supportive of any way to incorporate sports to all pupils, including those with special educational needs. This iCard programme incorporates both socialising with friends, with sporting activities and healthy exercise and whilst there it was clear to see how much pupils were enjoying the variety of activities.