31 Oct Fit and Fed
Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust complete another successful Fit and Fed Holiday programme.
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. Across the October Half term WWSET ran Fit and Fed for five days at the Castlefield Community Centre & Beechview Academy in High Wycombe, the sessions engaged a total of 69 unique people including 51 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 unique part of WWSET’s Fit and Fed programme was to not only simply provide the meals but to empower the young people and parents about how to cook healthy affordable meals.
This was achieved by running family cooking tutorials alongside the sporting activities. Tutorials were led by chefs from Empower to Cook and Khepera 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 48 Fit and Fed sessions within the School holidays (starting from Summer 2017) and our new after-school club (WHICH STARTED IN September this year) , in total we have supported 536 people (384 children and 152 parents) to stay “Fit and Fed” during the holidays, have provided 938 meals (made by the children).
WWSET would like to say a Massive thank you to our sponsors who without Fit and Fed wouldn’t be possible: Red Kite, Ella’s Kitchen, Marsh, and Micklefield Big Local, Paradigm Housing, Wycombe District Council and our new sponsor Metropolitan Thames Valley!
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