By Sophie Smith

Web Editor

Sophies.smith@yahoo.com

Youth Dreams Project success in hosting COVID-safe summer sports camps

The Youth Dreams Project (YDP) hosted a number of COVID-safe activities for children in Peterborough. 

The summer sports camps offered 100 free places to disadvantaged children to help with their mental health and wellbeing. 

Living Sport funded the free spaces, which included a free lunch.

While many other camps were cancelled, YDP's summer camps allowed the children to safely mix with eachother for the first time in months.

One parent, Caroline, said: "My son attended the YDP summer camp. He had an amazing time and didn't want it to end.

"It has massively helped his confidence, mental health (especially after lockdown), his ability to interact with others and his fitness levels. YDP do an amazing job."

The Youth Dreams Project was founded in 2014 by Luke Kennedy and Luke Steele. 

It aims to support vulnerable and underprivileged children, so providing this opportunity was rewarding for the team. 

A spokesperson from YDP said: "Parents and guardians were thankful for the project, allowing their child to receive a meal whilst keeping them active."

To run safely, YDP implemented COVID-friendly measures through small 'bubble' activities, staggered drop offs, hand sanitising stations and extremely high hygiene standards.

The camp attracted over 2,500 children across the seven weeks at nine different schools.

YDP will be hosting October Half Term camps with increased hygiene procedures. To sign up, visit the YDP website.

They are also launching a new programme called YDP Dance. For more information, email luke.kennedy@youthdreamsproject.co.uk

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