Screen Shot 2016-05-09 at 11.32.50Youngsters can beat the boredom this half term by getting active and having fun with a host of sporting activities lined up by South Tyneside Council’s Sport and Leisure Team.

From Tuesday 31 May until Friday 3 June there will be a range of free sports activities running at West Park, in Jarrow, and Harton Sports Centre, in South Shields, between 11am and 3pm.

All of the activities at West Park are aimed at children between the ages of five and 14 and activities at Harton Sports Centre are suited for children aged eight and 14. Sports include unihoc, kwik cricket, kick rounders, tennis, football, team games and many more. Those attending are free to come and go as they please.

As well as free sports activities, there are also a number of coaching programmes taking place at Temple Park Centre and South Marine Park in South Shields and Monkton Stadium, in Jarrow. These include:-

  • Junior Athletics, Tuesday 31 May to Wednesday 1 June, from 9.30am to 3pm, for children aged eight to 15, £14 per child for the two days
  • Mini Athletics, Thursday 2 to Friday 3 June, from 11am to 1pm, for children aged five to seven, £10 per child for the two days

Both centres will also host a Football Camp, from 10am to 3pm aimed at youngsters aged five to 12 throughout the half term break. There are three football camp courses:-

  • Football Camp 1, Tuesday 31 May to Friday 3 June, at Temple Park Centre, for boys and girls
  • Football Camp 2, Tuesday 31 May to Friday 3 June, at Hebburn Central, for boys and girls
  • Football Camp 3 Tuesday 31 May to Friday 3 June, at Temple Park Centre, girls only

Each course costs £28 per child for the four days which includes a medal and certificate.

Youngsters can also take on the new 20 metre long Olympic Inflatable Challenge at South Marine Park, in South Shields, on Tuesday 31 May to Friday 3 June, from 11am to 3pm. The inflatable course is aimed at youngsters aged five to 14 who will be able to run and climb through the obstacles and bounce over hurdles. There is no need to book and the cost is £1 for three turns.

Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said: “There is so much going on for children over the May half term. As we are building up to the Olympics in Rio this is a great opportunity for youngsters to get involved with sports and athletics and try out our new Olympic Inflatable Challenge.

“I would encourage youngsters to take full advantage of the variety of activities on offer and make the school break fun and active.”

For further information or to request a copy of the May Half Term 2016 Holiday Activity and Sports Coaching Programme, call the Sport and Leisure Team on (0191) 424 7998 , email sports.development@southtyneside.gov.uk or visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk.

Alternatively pick up a copy of the free leaflet from Haven Point, Temple Park Centre, Monkton Stadium, Hebburn Swimming Pool or local libraries.