Kops and Kids’ returned to Brookvale Rec Centre from Tuesday 30 July for five weeks, a partnership between Runcorn Police, Halton Borough Council.

But these were not the only sports sessions put on by Halton’s Sports Development Officers and their hard working volunteers with 700 young people enjoying activities courtesy of the team.

Officers have juggled coaching at the successful police Kops ‘n’ Kids programme at Brookvale Recreation, Centre, where over 240 children attended each day, to its own summer programme.

The summer started off with a flying start at the Girls Football sessions held at Kingsway Leisure centre.

The girls ranged from six to twelve-years-old and organisers had more than 41 visits over the week, they were visited by one of the local clubs to provide information on an all-girls session/teams they have.

In partnership with the big local at Windmill hill we put on cricket and tennis sessions at Phoenix Park seeing over 64 children attend the 3 sessions on Monday afternoons.

Tuesday afternoons were dedicated to multi sports sessions at Upton Community centre. Here each child got hours of sports plus a free drink provided by the centre.

Also at Upton, Climbing Wall sessions were put on for four Fridays during the holidays. Both of these sessions saw 88 children take part in the activities.

Thursdays Halton Borough Council was based at Kingsway lLeisure Centre doing multi sports in the morning and then basketball and netball. skills in the afternoon.

These sessions saw a total of 90 children attend, with most attending both sessions.

Finally Fridays saw the return of Friday Football held at the Frank Myler Pavilion in the morning and Grangeway community centre in the afternoon.

These football sessions usually run each school holidays and are well attended. Over the summer we had for 3 Football Fridays with 19 children attending.

Amongst all of this, Sports Development also attended Fun days including PPX, VPX and Castlefields Community Centre fun day, where more than 400 children got to have a go at Archery amongst other activities.

Officers also provided activities to the libraries including yoga at both Widnes and Halton Lea, where over 30 children benefited from these sessions.

Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for Sport, Cllr Phil Harris, said: “This summer has been one of the busiest yet for Halton’ Borough Council’s Sports Development.

“We are proud to have provided so many young people, healthy activities to keep them safe and occupied this summer.”

The sports development team are already planning for October half term, this information will be published on their social media sites: Twitter: @Haltonsportsdev or Halton Sports Development and shared on @HaltonBC

It can also be found on the Active Halton Website or you can email the Sports Development officer for children and young people on jenny.illidge@halton.gov.uk