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There are still a range of sporting and other activities available for children and teens during the school holidays.

Free activities are being held in Walpole Park for children aged five to 11 years-old during August, offering families the opportunity to learn about bees, taste home-grown honey, and grow their own vegetables. Young artists are able to make bee costumes and learn the Charleston style ‘Waggle Dance’ on Wednesday 7 August and build bee hives from recycled materials on Monday 12 August.

Each free activity session in Walpole Park starts at the band stand next to the playground. To find out dates and times for each activity, email or call 020 8825 8974. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Sports and leisure centres at Elthorne, Greenford, Northolt, Southall and Twyford are hosting a variety of activities for young people aged four to 14-year-olds, including badminton, football and mini tennis. Some centres are also offering multi-sport sessions, giving youngsters the opportunity to try out a variety of sports, including boxing, martial arts, trampolining and a giant game of connect four.

The Elthorne ward forum is pleased to be sponsoring a week of sports and activities between 1 and 5pm every afternoon from 12th to 16th August in Elthorne Park aimed at young people aged between 11 and 16.

The priority will be for young people living locally in Elthorne ward, and activities available include BMX, free running, skate boarding, segway, tennis, football and rugby.

The event is being run by Future Focus Foundation and there will be places for around 100 young people to try four or five sports and activities each day.

However, given the nature of the sports and activities on offer we require a signed consent form from a parent or guardian.

Please follow the link below to download a form:

Southall Leisure Centre is holding a basketball camp from 19-23 August organised by Phoenicians Basketball club coaches, with medals and trophies on offer for the winning teams. Children wanting to escape the summer sun can cool down with swimming lessons at Northolt Leisure Centre every weekday morning from now until 16 August, and enjoy afternoon sessions on the inflatable giant ‘annihilator’. Contact the individual sports centres to find out more information or to book a place.

Perivale Park Athletics Track is running ‘Star:track’, where young people aged eight to 15 years-old can take part in a variety of fun track and field events. The first week of the programme proved popular, with 80 budding young athletes taking part. There are still places available for programmes running 5-9 August and 19-23 August. To book a place, call Active Ealing on 020 8825 6161.

Teenagers are also able to keep busy during the school holidays, with a range of free accredited courses on offer through Futureversity Ealing, such as sports sessions, guitar lessons and hosting a radio show. For more information or to sign up for a course, go to, email or call 020 8825 8226.

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: “The wide range of activities available in summer provides a great opportunity for young people to get out and about in our parks, as well as take part in sports. With so much on offer, children and teenagers have the chance to learn new skills, make new friends and have some fun in their borough.


31st July 2013