30 Oct WWSET KEEP HIGH WYCOMBE FIT & FED IN HALF TERM
Wycombe Wanderers Sports & Education Trust is the charitable arm of Wycombe Wanderers Football Club and exists in order to assist the club to achieve its passionate commitment to being of benefit to the local community.
After the success of the Summer Holiday Fit and Fed Pilot, WWSET were fortunate to receive funding from Wycombe District Council to deliver a further two days within the October Half term and three Days within the Christmas break.
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 two days at the Castlefield Community Centre in High Wycombe, the sessions engaged a total of 43 people including 29 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 summer 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 Empower to Cook and Khepera, WWSET provided a total of 48 lunches for the children and their families over the course of the 2 days.
A unique part of WWSET’s programme was to not only simply provide the meals, which in itself were new for WWSET, 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 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.
On the back of the success of the current 2017 programme and the positive feedback we have received, WWSET are looking for future funding to run across the whole of next year, hoping to continue the good work for young people in Wycombe.