Children enjoy grand finale of Gosport activity series

(l-r) Jodie Searle, Rhiannon Wheatley and Beth Brown. 
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142432-1)

(l-r) Jodie Searle, Rhiannon Wheatley and Beth Brown. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142432-1)

HUNDREDS of children have beaten boredom by taking part in a series of fun days.

Gosport’s Summer Passport Scheme has seen 342 youngsters take up activities ranging from archery and driving to fishing and sailing.

Yesterday the final event was held at Fort Brockhurst, with more than 100 children in the historic grounds.

Adele Westwood, 14, who is going into Year 11 at Bay House School in September, was getting a henna tattoo on her hand and taking aim at the archery stall.

She said: ‘It’s really fun, I want to do it next year because I’ve got a load of new people I’m hanging out with now.

‘There’s lots of different activities – it’s just a quid.’

Adele’s 13-year-old sister Blys, also a pupil at Bay House School, was there too.

She added: ‘It’s fun because there’s loads of activities.’

The three-week-long scheme is for children aged up to 16 in Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent.

Sam Mitchell, community engagement and projects officer at Gosport Community Safety Partnership, said: ‘The kids have really enjoyed it.

‘The main aim is to give them something positive, providing them with new experiences.

‘It’s trying to give them a rounded experience.’

The event received £6,500 from police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes’ office.

Mr Hayes said: ‘It was good to see so many young people at Fort Brockhurst participating in a wide range of activities.

‘I commend all those involved in setting up and managing this project and for presenting the youngsters with a diverse range of exciting and challenging activities to help relieve that boredom.’




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