Filling The After School Gap

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As children get back to school, parents across Ealing will be breathing a sigh of relief. Not that you don't love enjoying extra time with them, but there limits and you can count on kids to test them...

So they're safely occupied for a good chunk of the day now. Sadly that hasn't been known to stop the little darlings launching complaints of boredom as soon as they get out of the school gates. And then there's the weekends. Here are a couple of ideas we've found to throw back at them. For a more comprehensive list go to our kids page in the Leisure section. And if you know of any other activities send the details in - there are desperate parents out there who need your help.

Acton and Ealing Whistlers

Meeting place: Half-Way House private room,
The Broadway, West Ealing, W13
(020) 8752 0014

Music, dancing, football team.
Meeting time: Tuesdays 9-11pm
Age group: young people
Gender: mixed

Artists Theatre School
Ealing Studios, South Ealing Road, Ealing, W5 5EP
Principal - Amanda Redman. Tel 020 8537 1648

Drama workshops for students aged from five years to adult. many classes are held by succesful working actors. Classes held on Saturdays 9.30pm-6pm (according to age).

Ealing Riding School
17-19 Gunnersbury Ave, Ealing W5 3XD
(020) 8992 3808
Ealing Riding School provides qualified instruction for all ages from beginner to advanced. The school is approved by the British Horse Society (BHS) and Association for British Riding Schools (ABRS).

Ealing Youth Choir
Meeting place: Drayton Manor School,
Drayton Bridge Road, Hanwell, W7
(020) 8998 2294

Meeting time: Tuesdays (term time) 7-9pm
Age group: 11-18 boys and girls welcome

Fit for Sport
Trailfinders Sports Club
Castlebar, Vallis Way, Ealing, W13 ODD.
Tel 020 7938 2775 
Fit For Sport clubs are a way for your child to have fun, make new friends and take part in a wide range of sports and activities. Activities include: Swimming, Football, Art Club, Cricket, Rounders, Tennis, Gymnastics, Drama, and special events to name a few. Fit For Sport are an OFSTED registered organisation aimed at, and committed to promoting good health and fitness among young children.

KICK-IT Fun Soccer Classes
01895 435 571
Football course is run by qualified coaches. Soccer Classes for boys & girls from 3 to 12 years old. In Ealing every Saturday morning . Improve fitness, co-ordination & listening skills. Learn the rules, and develop self confidence as well as improving your game. Led by fully qualified and experienced coaches. 15 years of experience. Classes run everywhere in London, in your local park as well as in schools.

Kumon Tuition
Acton West, Teruko Mori 020 8997 3614
Ealing, Sakae Kato 020 8346 7941
Ealing West, Rashmi Kharbanda 01895 621 835

The Kumon organisation is a leading worldwide supplementary education provider. Kumon was started 50 years ago in Japan by Toru Kumon, a teacher and parent who was striving to give his own son the best start in life. The success of his unique instructional method spread rapidly and today over 3.7 million children in 44 countries across the world study with Kumon.
There are over 550 study centres throughout the UK and Ireland, run by trained Kumon Instructors. Students would typically attend a study centre twice a week where they interact with their Instructor and go about their daily work.

La Jolie Ronde French for children
Gideon Mews, 4 St Mary's Road, London, W5 5EL
Tel. 0208 579 0200

Give your child the opportunity to develop an enthusiasm for languages through our unique, recognised language programme for 3-11 year olds. Your child will learn in small classes run by carefully selected and trained tutors and, from the very first lesson, will be imitating a good accent. He/she will be encouraged to speak, read and write French to a high standard through activities that are interesting, rewarding and fun! Your child will receive a special French certificate on the completion of each programme. As a parent you will receive regular updates and reports on your child's progress and two newsletters per year.

Pitshanger Football Club
based at Scotch Common, run 21 teams competing in the Harrow Youth Football League and the Middlesex County FA Girls' League.

Sian's Showstoppers
Tel 07952 098117
Sian's Showstoppers drama syllabus helps develop essential skills for life using music, movement & drama.

Tel 020 8575 8660 email
Stagecoach has over 600 schools throughout the UK and Ireland. Children and teenagers learn the major disciplines of performance. Working in small classes led by talented professionals students gain confidence and self-esteem while learning drama, singing and dancing skills.

Stitch Club
Tel 07717 235841
Notting Hill & Ealing School for Girls - Tuesdays
Northfields Community Centre - Tuesdays

Join Stitch Club and you could making colourful pencil cases, cute stuffed animals, fab bags and funky cushions plus loads more. Stitch Club is a new sewing club for girls and boys aged 8 and over. You’ll learn to sew by hand and to use our special Stitch sewing machines. You will make great gifts that will be the envy of your friends and family – and maybe make new friends at the classes too!
Stitch Club classes take place during the week after school during term time, plus we run half term and holiday workshops. Classes are booked by the term, in advance – we take just 6 children per group and places fill very quickly so book early to avoid disappointment

Swimming Lessons at Acton Swimming Baths
Salisbury Street, Acton, W3 8NW Tel. (020) 8992 8877

Swimming Lessons at Gurnell Leisure Centre
Ruislip Road East, Ealing, W13
(020) 8998 3241

The Kids Cookery School
107 Gunnersbury Lane, Acton, W3 8HA
Tel 020 8992 8882
Events and classes where children learn about new ingredients and equipment, and are encouraged to touch, smell and feel different foods. Activities include: An ‘After School Club’ club for local children whose families are living on income support or who are disadvantaged.

Landon Jennings Schools
71a Northcroft Road,
Ealing, W13 9SS Tel (020) 8571 7498
R.A.D. ballet, I.S.T.D. jazz, modern, national, Greek, IDTA modern, tap, flamenco, singing, drama, GCSE dance. Age range: two-three years to approximately 20 - 21 years. Evening and Saturdays West London YMCA 25 St Mary's Road, Ealing, W5 5RE Tel (020) 8799 4877

Irish dancing, ballet, jazz, dance drama. Age range three to 12 years. Lessons Mon-Sat. Children joining gymnastics classes work towards the British Amateur Gymnastics Awards (BAGA 7 for starters and BAGA 1 for advanced). The classes are divided by ability rather than age.

Will to Win Tennis
Lammas Park, Ealing W5.
With 5 outdoor tennis courts and 6 more floodlight courts planned for 2006, Will to Win offers coaching, bookable courts, courses, pro shop and a café. Toilets and changing facilities are also available. During the summer of 2005 (May, June, July and August), the courts are available on a walk on basis free of charge courts on weekdays between 3pm and 6pm for any junior. Contact: 020 8840 0888  

September 7, 2007