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By Ian Appleyard | 18th February 2019

Tackling food poverty and isolation has become a key priority for York City Football Club Foundation and - with the support of club sponsors, Benenden Health - they are offering 'Footie Fun & Food Holiday Clubs' this February half-term at Tang Hall Community Centre.

Schools are a key institution for both young people and their families alike, with opportunities going far beyond education, including participating in sport and being physically active, as well as provision of a proper school meal.

With 170 non-school days a year, these 'Footie Fun Holiday Clubs' can cover the gap in provision and are ideal to ensure that children get out, engage with friends, and help remove some of the pressure that school holidays can add to families.

The 'Footie Fun & Food' sessions offer physical activity for ages 4 to 11, across three sessions at Tang Hall Community Centre on Fifth Avenue on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th February.  

These fun and engaging sessions are suitable for all abilities, and snacks, fruit, and drinks are provided to all young people who attend. They are open to families living in the Tang Hall area.

Nikki Taylor, CSR & Engagement Co-ordinator at Benenden Health, said: “This is a great opportunity for children who wouldn’t have access to activity in half term to get out, make new friends, and access food provision if needed.

“We have been running this project for over a year in Clifton and are delighted to be able to expand it to the Tang Hall area thanks to the support of Benenden Health.

"We are looking to make these a regular feature for Easter and May half-term with the help of Purey Cust Foundation, Tang Hall Big Local, and Tesco Askham Bar.

Paula Stainton, YCFC Foundation Manager, said: "We are excited to be working closely with the team and volunteers at Tang Hall Community Centre who have great local knowledge and expertise and already do some amazing work in the wider community to tackle holiday hunger with their Picnics and Breakfast Clubs.“ 

Claire Douglas, Chair of Trustees at Tang Hall Community Centre also confirmed what a fantastic opportunity this will be to learn from professionals: “We are over the moon to welcome YCFC Foundation for two days during half term.

"It's a great opportunity for boys and girls from our community to try a new sport or develop their footballing skills and meet new friends. We can't wait!. We’ve also got a Traditional Games Club on Saturday 23rd (2-4pm), Big Local Picnic on Wednesday 27th (12-2pm), Big Local Breakfast Club on Friday 1st (9.30am-11am) and TAPTY Messy Play on Friday 1st (10am-11.30am) during half term week - so lots of free activities to keep the whole family entertained during half term.”

Other free activities hosted by the Community Centre over the February half term include:

Saturday 23rd February, 2-4pm - Traditional Games Club funded by Local People's Project https://m.facebook.com/events/785669991794580

Wednesday 27th February, 12-2pm. Tang Hall Big Local Picnic https://www.thbl.org.uk/event/the-big-picnic-27february/ 

Friday 1st March, 9.30-11am. Tang Hall Big Local Breakfast Club

https://www.thbl.org.uk/event/breakfast-club-2019-02-01/

Friday 1st March 10-11.30am. TAPTY messy play for pre-school children and their carers. Funded by Tang Hall Big Local

https://www.thbl.org.uk/event/tapty-creative-play-sessions-2019-03-01/

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