Playscheme a hit with Three Rivers children this summer

NewsUpdated: 29 September 2023Leisure, parks and culture

More than a thousand children across Three Rivers enjoyed the Three Rivers District Council-run Playscheme service, which took place at Yorke Mead School in Croxley Green this summer.

The scheme was a complete sell-out - with all 1,500 spaces filled - as the children enjoyed a summer full of excitement. In a follow-up survey, 96% of parents and guardians said they would recommend the Playscheme service to family and friends.

Part of this attendance included 249 spaces which were funded through the HAPpy (Hertfordshire’s Holiday Activity Programme) scheme, meaning these children were able to attend at no charge and each of them received a free hot lunch.

During the four week programme, the youngsters took part in a number of craft activities including making suncatchers, bookmarks and clay models. The Play Leaders took advantage of the dry weather and hosted capture the flag, rounders, parachute games, golf and tennis sessions.

The children enjoyed visits from the local fire service, Catapult Ambulance Services, Chess Valley Rugby Club, Mind and A-life – mental health where they learnt about the five ways to well-being plus eating more healthily.

Cllr Chris Lloyd, Lead Member for Leisure said: “This has been a great summer for the children who attended Playscheme.

“I particularly like the fact that every day began with the young people running The Daily Mile - a social physical activity with children running, jogging, wheeling, or walking, at their own pace, in the fresh air with friends for 15 minutes. Running is something very close to my heart and I feel it is so important to keep fit and develop a love for this form of exercise.”