Half-term basketball in Stanmore and Highcliffe

Press Release: 18/05/2005

Winchester City Council's neighbourhood warden service is aiming to provide a safe, fun sports-based activity for local children from Stanmore and Highcliffe during half-term.

Basketball is one of the most popular and growing sports in the UK and the sessions being organised could be ideal for learning new skills, improving those already developed at school, and meeting new friends.

The free sessions are being held on Tuesday 31 May, Thursday 1 June and Friday 2 June at the outdoor basketball court at the Carroll Youth Centre, Stanmore.

Sessions for primary school children (aged 7 - 11 years) will be held between 2-3 pm, while those for secondary school children (aged 11/12 - 16 years) will be between 3:15-4:30 p.m.

There will be a strict limit on numbers of 45 children per session on a first come, first served basis, and only those children who submit a signed and fully completed consent form will be eligible for attendance in any session.

The sessions will be run by the neighbourhood warden team, with one warden, Mark Bernhardt, being an experienced coach / PE teacher.

"Our aim is to try and establish sports coaching sessions that children enjoy, as well as learning skills and meeting new friends. However, we need the kids to be there over half-term and tell us what they think!" said Mark.

Leaflets and posters are being distributed in the Stanmore and Highcliffe areas and application forms can be picked up from Gerrard's Shop, Gordon Avenue, Highcliffe, All Saints Primary, Highcliffe, and from the Carroll Youth Centre, Somers Close, Stanmore.

Contact the neighbourhood wardens on 0800 389 6274 for more information.