Gosport dads spend some quality time with their children

IN TENTS FUN Alex Hamilton with son Scott'Hamilton, nine, in
IN TENTS FUN Alex Hamilton with son Scott'Hamilton, nine, in
From left: PO Adam Hilton,  Father Christmas, Captain Peter Towell, CPO Chris 'Paddy' Gilkes and Malcolm Dent

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A WEEK of events to bring fathers closer to their children’s education have kicked off in Gosport.

The group Male Mentors was set up at Elson Junior School last year, in a bid to get male members of the family more involved with children’s school life.

JETS Left, water-powered rockets made by the kids are fired

JETS Left, water-powered rockets made by the kids are fired

And on Saturday night, a sleepover was organised at the school, with events to entertain the families including rocket-making workshops, a storytelling session round the campfire and archery.

The children and their families camped outside in the school grounds – but all women were banned.

Darren Fells, one of the organisers, has a son Jack, aged seven, at the school.

He said: ‘We felt that there were a number of dads who felt that the majority of the parenting was done by the mum.

‘We wanted to encourage dads to take a more active role with their child’s education.

‘We helped out with reading, organising school trips and generally becoming more of an active presence.’

The group was given £1,000 in funding which was used to cover the costs of the events taking place this week. Children will also visit local businesses and listen to some of the dads talk about their jobs.

The week will culminate in a school sports day on Friday.