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Bishop's Stortford Town Council sponsors free socially distanced sports sessions in Sworder's Field

Socially distanced sports including rounders, tennis and 'street golf' will be on offer to children and young people in Sworder's Field this summer thanks to a Bishop's Stortford Town Council grant.

Members voted to give £560 to Roydon-based Sporting Inspirations CIC to continue the school holiday programme it has offered in the park for over 12 years.

The sessions, with two qualified sports coaches for young people aged 11 to 19, will run from 3pm to 5pm on four successive Tuesdays: July 28 and August 4, 11 and 18. The overall cost is £700 but £140 had already been raised.

General Views, Bishops Stortford. Adventure Playground, Sworders Field. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (37704125)
General Views, Bishops Stortford. Adventure Playground, Sworders Field. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (37704125)

In his grant application, John Manitara from Sporting Inspirations said: "A variety of social distancing sports activities and games will be offered on-site, such as rounders, cricket, street golf, tennis, badminton and other fun games.

"The activities will be free as they have been in the past. Our experienced, locally-based and highly-motivated team will provide children and young people with the opportunity to participate in an informal scheme with a variety of self-distancing sports activities listed and adapted to suit the age group."

The sessions are designed for 20 to 25 participants. In the past, youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who are vulnerable or have learning difficulties have enjoyed the activities.

Mr Manitara said: "Qualified YC Hertfordshire youth workers will be working in Sworder's Field during the sessions, as part of their targeted detached work programme, engaging with the most vulnerable and hard to reach young people. They'll be raising awareness on a range of issues including emotional wellbeing and mental health, sexual health, relationships, anti-social behaviour, alcohol and substance misuse, healthy lifestyles, and careers and future aspirations."

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