Funding summer holiday activities for disadvantaged young people living in Hastings

Jul 17, 2018

Hastings Opportunity Area – funds summer holiday activities for disadvantaged young people living in Hastings. 

Hastings Opportunity Area has today announced funding of £60,000 for local organisations to deliver activities for children and young people living in Hastings and St Leonards over the summer holiday period.

The activities will be delivered in a range of locations across Hastings and St Leonards and will be focused on enabling children and young people, who might not otherwise access high quality holiday provision to take part in sporting, creative, music and outdoors activities.

The activities include:

  • Football;
  • Creative Art based summer holiday activities;
  • Multi-sports and other team based activities across Hastings;
  • Coding and digital activities;
  • Music sessions;
  • Skating;
  • Outdoor activities; and
  • Exploring different cultures through food, music and culture.

Activities will be delivered on different days and in a range of locations, over the Summer Holiday Period.

Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi said:

“Our Opportunity Area programme is about helping young people learn the skills and knowledge, as well as the confidence to succeed in whatever path they choose to follow.

“Education is one part of that but it is also about giving them the wider experiences that will help to shape their character. This investment in Hastings will allow young people disadvantaged backgrounds enjoy activities like sport, coding, music and outdoor activities during the summer holidays.”

Richard Meddings, chair of the HOA said of the schemes.

‘ We are really excited to be able to fund the provision of schemes during the holiday period for children and young people living in Hastings and St Leonards. We are committed to improving the life chances and opportunities for all children and young people living in the town, and particularly for those children and young people living in some of Hasting’s most deprived areas.’

HOA has made funding of £60,000 to enable these 9 organisations to deliver holiday enrichment activities for children and young people living in Hastings and St Leonards.  Each organisation will be setting out its offer for children and young people and publicising this, so as to ensure that children and young people can make the most of these opportunities that are available.


The activities will include:

  • Creative art based summer holiday activities for children aged 8-11 at the Robsack Centre and East Hastings Children’s Centre and for young people aged 13-16 at the Hastings Museum;
  • Multi-sports for children 8-14 (at the Firs, Elphinstone), Go Wild for children 8-14 (Church in the Wood) and Game development sessions for children 10-16 (in Sussex Coast college), delivered by the Education Futures Trust
  • Free football sessions and coaching delivered between 12-2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays for young people living on the Tressell, Baird and Braybrook wards in Hastings, delivered by Albion in the Community.
  • Music sessions: Innovate sessions for young people with physical and learning disabilities at Hollington Youth Centre, Music in Mind sessions for young people with mental health needs at the Western and Warrior Rehersal Rooms and Make Waves at Hollington Youth Centre and Source Skate Park, delivered by Rhythmix;
  • Creative workshop sessions, high quality coaching, beauty sessions and team building and inflatable team activities for children aged 8-14 in a range of locations; Hollington Youth Centre, Broomgrove Community Centre and outside spaces – Farley Bank, Harkness Drive, Waterside Close, Watermill Drive, Rock Lane and Dove Lane – delivered by Play Hastings and Active Hastings;
  • Around the World in 80 ways – six, five hour sessions over the holidays for 7-11 year olds living in the Baird ward delivered at the Broomgrove Community Centre by Oasis Community Project.
  • Surviving the Wild – A transition project for vulnerable pupils moving from year 6 to secondary school from a number of primary schools in Hastings and St Leonards, delivered by the RSPCA at Mallydams;
  • Hastings Creative Summer for young people aged 11-18 includes a Media Slam 5 week foundation course covering VR, music tech, documentary photography, branding and textile design, business accelerator sessions and media studio visits, at Rock House and Hastings Library, delivered by MSL Projects and subject experts. And 4 Royal Institution science masterclasses at Hastings Library covering Internet of Things, Biomechanics and brainwaves, aeronautical engineering & robotics, and making digital music.
  • Free Multi-sport, skating and cooking sessions for 2 days a week during the holidays for children and young people living in the Gensing and Central St Leonards areas at the YMCA.



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