Posted: Tuesday 15th August 2017
A group of Hatfield children joined forces with Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Herts Sports and Physical Activity Partnership to enjoy a few days of a Fit and Fed programme at Hatfield Fire Station
Fit and Fed is a national initiative aimed at tackling holiday hunger, inactivity and isolation among children and young people.
The children aged between eight and 16 enjoyed a range of physical activity and sports sessions led by Hertfordshire Footballing Futures at the station. This was followed by a hot meal prepared by members of staff at the Herts Sports Partnership, based at the University of Hertfordshire – as part of their social action project. They also got the opportunity to familiarise themselves with some of the work of the local Fire and Rescue team.
The project was facilitated by Paul Redhead – Station Commander for Hertsmere, Welwyn and Hatfield fire stations. Herts Sports Partnership hopes that this project will be rolled out across Hertfordshire in 2018.
John O’Callaghan, Director of the Herts Sports Partnership, said: “We are indebted to the Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service for their first class co-operation in hosting the recent programme. They went beyond the call of duty to ensure that the youngsters had a very positive experience.
“School holidays are meant to be a fun time of the year, but for a generation of children – particularly those from low income families – it can be anything but. Children are isolated because there are few activity programmes on offer, and are at risk of going hungry because there are no free school meals.”