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Bring it on Boro returns with exciting school holidays activities

Children and young people

Friday, 15 March 2024
Chris Enderwick delivering a previous Bring it on Boro session at Enderwick’s kickboxing gym in Middlesbrough

A range of exciting activities are on offer as part of a successful scheme to keep kids active during the school holidays, which returns this Easter.

Bring it on Boro has allowed thousands of children enjoy sports, creative pursuits and great days out to theme parks and museums since it was launched last year.

Government funding from the Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF) has seen more than 30,000 places taken by young people in Middlesbrough at more than 50 different venues over previous school holidays.

The programme, ran jointly with Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council across the South Tees area, aims to support parents through the school holidays - providing youngsters with a healthy meal while encouraging them to make new friendships.

Families who meet eligibility criteria set by the Department for Education (DfE) can now book a range of free, fun and exciting activities during the Easter break, including kickboxing, swimming, rock climbing and arts and crafts.

Cllr Philippa Storey, Middlesbrough’s Deputy Mayor and Executive Member for Culture and Education, said: “Bring it on Boro has been a massive success and I’m delighted that thousands of children in our town have been able to take part in fun and exciting activities.

“The pressures on families from rising bills and the increasing cost of living mean it’s tough for everyone at the minute but Bring it on Boro gives our young people the chance to explore some amazing new opportunities and meet new people.

“It’s great to see it return for Easter and I’d encourage anyone eligible to sign up and take advantage of what’s on offer.”

Bring It On takes place on weekdays between Monday March 25 and Friday April 5.

All children who are aged 5 to 16 from families in receipt of benefit-related free school meals can take part.

During previous school holidays, the Bring It On team have worked hard to offer more than 1,200 places on activities to children who do not fit the DfE criteria.

If you would like your child to enjoy Bring It On activities but you are not in receipt of benefit-related free school meals, you can email holidayfoodandactivities@middlesbrough.gov.ukor call 01642 72888.

To find a full list of activities and book a place, visit the Bring it on Boro website.