Over 110 Sport @ Home Equipment Packs have been provided to children in Dartford aged 5-7 in time for the summer holidays.

Funded by Dartford Borough Council and Kent Sport, the project organised by the Dartford School Games Partnership hopes that children will remain physically active whilst at home during the summer holiday.

Equipment packs created by Sports Directory UK, a Dartford Business on the Questor Industrial Estate, included balls, bean bags, juggling scarves, target maths board, frisbee and a skipping rope.
Selected children from five targeted local primary schools – Brent; Dartford Bridge; Stone St Marys; Temple Hill; and Westgate – received the equipment packs.

Jon Rye, Dartford School Games Organiser hosting at The Ebbsfleet Academy said, “For some children, we know the lockdown period has been a chance to go on family walks, explore the surrounding areas and participate in more physical activity at home than normal; for others, it has been difficult to achieve the 60 mins recommended amount of physical activity each day. I am incredibly grateful to Dartford Council and Kent Sport for this project funding which will support over 110 children.

I want children to have fun and stay active during the summer with their families, and this equipment will help them to do so.”

Jeremy Kite, Leader of Dartford Council said, “It’s a joy to be involved in funding this project. It has been a tough and sometimes unsettling year for children and as a community we have not been able to provide some of the usual opportunities to get out and about, take part in events, play sports and keep healthy. Providing these activity packs will hopefully give children the encouragement to play and stay active over the Summer. You really can’t put a price on fun, activity and health for Dartford’s youngest residents and we’re absolutely delighted to support the initiative.