08:00 27 June 2022
It’s not long since the schools split up for the long summer vacation.
While most of us have very fond memories of our childhoods of those six weeks of summer, now that we’re a little older we recognize that it can be quite a stressful time for parents. Six weeks is a long time to keep kids entertained, protected, and out of trouble while juggling work commitments.
On top of that, it can be very expensive. Always a concern for families on tight budgets, the cost of living crisis will make it a much bigger concern for even more families this year.
I am therefore very pleased that we have just announced that we are once again running the Ipswich Borough Council’s free summer holiday iCard for young people this year.
Between Monday 25 July and Wednesday 31 August, children aged 5-16 who live in Ipswich or attend school in Ipswich will have free access to a wide variety of activities on our Summer Holiday Activities Programme. summer.
The iCard allows free use of the council’s gymnasiums and badminton and squash courts during the day. The hugely popular free swimming at Crown Pools will also be back during the day on weekdays.
In addition to this, over 300 activities will take place over the six weeks at various locations. This includes our sports centers and swimming pools, but also parks and open spaces across the city to reduce the need to pay for transportation.
In addition to traditional favorites like football, tennis, basketball, dodgeball and roller skating, there will be more unusual activities such as Xtreme Active, water polo, junior jet skis and scooters. seas.
There will also be bat, glowworm and wildlife walks, as well as guided walks about Ipswich’s gruesome history.
We work with a range of partners including Ipswich School of Dance, Ipswich Town Community Trust, Ipswich Boxing Club and many more to extend the range of activities even further.
In addition to this, we will organize the popular summer camps which offer a full day of activities for young people. We will also run weekly disabled sports camps with additional catered capacity to ensure they are accessible to the widest range of young people in Ipswich.
All activities are on a first come, first served basis and, with the exception of swimming which will use a timed strip system, must be booked prior to arrival. Activities can be booked up to seven days in advance.
Full details are available at: www.ipswichfit.co.uk/summerholidayicard
We first launched the iCard Free Summer Holiday in 2018 to engage young people in Ipswich activities over the summer holidays and to provide safe and supportive spaces and activities.
We believe this is now the largest free summer sport and activity scheme of its kind in England – we certainly don’t know of anything comparable in East Anglia – and it is something that Ipswich can and should be very proud.
– David Ellesmere is the Labor leader of Ipswich Borough Council.