Engaging Tendring families through physical, enrichment and food activities
Tiny Rugby School in Tendring offers families continuous support by providing different programmes and holiday clubs to ensure children engage in a range of activities to support their physical and mental wellbeing.
The Harwich and Dovercourt community benefit from the food programme, HAF and term time clubs as it raises awareness on food education and healthy eating, as well as how children can keep active during the holidays and beyond.
The food programme was set up to encourage and teach families how to cook healthy, wholesome meals using only an air fryer. On completing the course, Active Essex funded each family an air fryer to take home and use for cooking. This educated parents by showing how an air fryer could reduce their energy bills, as well as make low-cost and easy meals for the whole family, involving children with the cooking and spending quality time with their parents.
Primary school children on benefit based free school meals or from low income working families can enjoy free physical activity and enrichment clubs at Tiny Rugby School, encouraging young people to get moving, try different activities and enjoy a healthy, balanced meal during the half term and holidays.
Funded by Active Essex, clubs support children’s physical and mental wellbeing by providing opportunities and resources to reduce inactivity in children, developing positive attitudes to health and healthy eating. Funding the clubs also helps children throughout half terms and holidays to access extra-curriculum activities, learn new skills and socialise with others.
Tiny Rugby also wanted to support families during term time, therefore provide an after-school club offering a nutritious meal and a range of activities for primary school children in Harwich through Find Your Active funding.
By offering a range of programmes and resources to the community, Tiny Rugby School have regular contact with local families, offering guidance and support, also building relationships with parents has given them the confidence to open up about any worries or concerns they may have.