14 Sep Fit and Fed’s First Birthday!
Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust celebrates Fit and Fed’s First Birthday!
Fit and Fed is designed to help families who need it most, helping them with cooking tutorials, keeping their families active and providing them with a hearty meal. The project started in the 2017 summer holidays and has gone from strength to strength.
Across the Summer 2018 holidays WWSET ran Fit and Fed for 10 days across two hubs (Recently opened up our second hub at Beechview Academy) in High Wycombe, the sessions engaged a total of 87 unique people including 66 children in a variety of activities designed to cater to the needs of a wide age range of participants.
In the lead, up to the holidays WWSET liaised with local schools to identify which pupils were currently receiving Free School Meals, and as such were more likely to find it more difficult to cover the additional family food costs over the holidays. Leaflets were distributed to these pupils and their families who were then invited to attend the sessions.
A distinctive difference of Fit & Fed sessions, compared to normal holiday camp sessions, is the introduction of the food element. In partnership with Khepera, WWSET provided a total of 178 lunches for the children and their families over the course of the 10 days.
A unique part of WWSET’s programme was to not only simply provide the meals, but also provide an educational side aimed at teaching the young people about how to cook and eat healthily.
This was achieved by running family cooking tutorials alongside the sporting activities. Tutorials were led by chefs from Khepera and Empower 2 Cook, which involved young people learning the basic skills required when preparing a meal, such as, cutting, preparing and cooking vegetables. For many this was the first time they had been taught cooking skills like this – having these skills is a crucial first step in enabling them to eat healthily in the future.
The sessions were a great success in encouraging families to be fit and healthy together. Parents also commented on the ‘community spirit’ which the sessions fostered – with many different families coming to the sessions from across Wycombe – from different cultures, ages and schools all playing sport together.
To date WWSET have run 38 Fit and Fed sessions within the Summer 2017, October, Xmas, February, Easter, Summer 2018 holidays, in total we have supported 262 people (313 children and 125 parents) to stay “Fit and Fed” during the holidays, have provided 761 meals (made by the children) and have provided access to 76 hours of physical activity.
We have been incredibility fortunate to have received funding from various partners so far to help us deliver the project, these include Red Kite, Ella’s Kitchen, Paradigm Foundation, Wycombe District Council, Tesco’s Bags of Help, Marsh and Micklefield Big Local. However, due to the nature of the project we don’t charge participants so rely on generous funding, WWSET are currently looking for further funding to be able to carry on this amazing work – if you know of any business or funding potentials WWSET could contact please let us know by contacting Sam Parker on firstname.lastname@example.org