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HAF MISSION STATEMENT

Saints Southwest are very proud to be a key provider of the HAF Programme across Devon, Somerset & Cornwall, helping us reach more young people across the South West with professional coaching, activities, education and experiences. 

In 2021, the HAF programme enabled us to support hundreds of thousands of children and their families throughout the Easter, summer and Christmas school holidays. 

This holiday provision is for school-aged children from reception to year 11 (inclusive) who receive benefits-related free school meals.

Benefits-related free school meals (FSM) are available to pupils if their parents receive one of the qualifying benefits and have a claim verified by their school or local authority.

Find out more here 

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HOLIDAY
ACTIVITIES &
FOOD  PROGRAMME (HAF)

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WHO IS THE HAF PROGRAMME FOR?

With families struggling amid the cost of living crisis there are calls for more parents to be able to access free school meals.

Currently, only pupils whose parents are in receipt of benefits including income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit – and whose remaining household income is less than £7,400 a year - are eligible to make a claim.

The survey, of more than 2,000 parents of school-aged children, suggests that 24% have heard of the Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) programme.

Less than half (43%) of parents with children on FSMs - who are entitled to free places on the programme - are aware of the scheme.

The holiday programme is targeted to support children who have been most affected by the pandemic, offering a safe and supportive environment where they can learn, be active, eat well, and make friends

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FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF
EDUCATION (DfE)

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49%

STAT... of parents with children on FSM worried about feeding their children over the holidays.

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The DfE defines enriching and physical activities as “fun and enriching activities that provide children with opportunities to develop new skills of knowledge, to consolidate existing skills and knowledge, or to try out new experiences. This could include physical activities such as football, table tennis, and cricket; creative activities such as putting on a play, junk modelling, and drumming workshops; or experiences such as a nature walk, visiting a city, farm, theatre etc. Local authorities should consider how they can support providers to deliver a rich and varied mix of fun and enriching activities which are age-appropriate.”

The funding will also be used to support the delivery of the ‘Our Manchester’s Youth Strategy’ objectives:

  • Thriving young people

  • Highly skilled young people

  • Progressive and resilient young people

  • Living well; healthy and safe young people

  • Connected and heard young people

 

The HAF programme will fund activity related to the costs of running a HAF project which includes but not limited to:

  • Equipment and resources – funding can be used to purchase equipment for your project, for example, to improve the catering or sports equipment at an individual club.

  • Organisations who seek to provide an holistic range of opportunities for Young People and not just limited to one form of activity

  • Food costs; in particularly breakfast and or lunch. Food provision must meet School Food standards and be healthy, nutritious and preferably include a hot meal.

  • Staffing salaries  

  • A proportion of your core costs that are clearly related to the scale of activity delivered under this funding

  • Volunteers’ expenses

  • DBS checks

  • Transport costs

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OTHER SCHOOL HOLIDAY PROVISION

Saints Southwest School Holiday Courses offer exceptional value for money, and the opportunity for young players to improve their skills through a structured and enjoyable coaching programme devised and delivered by experienced and FA qualified coaches. Our full-day courses typically run from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm with an early drop off service available from 9.00 am every holiday period. The Soccer Schools are action-packed days that allow children to learn new skills and improve match play whilst having fun.

SOCCER TOTS (2-4 YEARS)

Holiday Course sessions are aimed at ALL children aged 2-4 years old. Time typically 2.00 - 2.45 pm.

SOCCER SCHOOLS

Infant Soccer Schools are aimed at children aged 5-7 years old. Whether participants are new to football or are already budding Saints Superstars, the Infant Soccer Schools programme has been put together to provide a fun holiday activity allowing them to play and make new friends within a safe learning environment, whilst being delivered by experienced FA qualified coaches at an affordable price. Junior Soccer Schools are aimed at children aged 8-11 years old. Whether they are confident players looking to develop their technique, or they have never played football before and looking for an introduction to the game, they will find our Junior Soccer Schools are an environment that allows them to flourish, whilst being delivered by experienced FA qualified coaches at an affordable price.

TRAIN LIKE A PRO DAYS

‘Train like a Pro’ days are aimed at ALL children 9-12 year olds. The day will give children an insight into what a professional football player’s training day can look like, from a morning brief, followed by strength & conditioning, technical & functional practices and match analysis. The children will also receive advice on basic nutrition, providing them with an understanding of how important this can be, day to day. This is open to individual players, while club teams can sign up to this day with various discounts available. Our professional team of UEFA and FA qualified coaches will be delivering the day who also work within our Regional Squad programme.

 

MULTISPORT COURSES (5-11 YEARS)

Multi-Sport camps are aimed at all children 5–11 years old. Saints Southwest Multi-Sport camps offer the opportunity for young children to improve their skills through a structured and enjoyable coaching programme devised and delivered by experienced and qualified coaches. Our full-day holiday courses typically run from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm every holiday period. The courses are action-packed days that allow children to learn new skills and improve play in a variety of sports whilst having fun.

GIRLS ONLY SOCCER SCHOOLS

Girls' only Courses offer the chance for all girls aged 5-14 years old who want to learn and develop their football. These courses provide all girls with the opportunity to improve their skills through a structured and enjoyable coaching environment.

GOALKEEPING CAMPS

Aimed at all children aged 6–12 years old, Saints Southwest Goalkeeper Camps offer the opportunity for young players to improve their goalkeeping skills and techniques through a structured and enjoyable coaching programme devised and delivered by experienced and FA-qualified coaches.

SAINTS CADETS

Saints Cadets is open to ALL children aged 13-15 years old. The day will involve both guided & peer-to-peer learning through working with qualified coaches at Saints Southwest and also give the opportunity to potentially lead basic football sessions with young children. This programme will also provide young people to take ownership and be able to demonstrate leadership through Football and Sport.

HAF (HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES & FOOD PROGRAMME) 

Saints Southwest are very proud to be a key provider of the HAF Programme across Devon, Somerset & Cornwall, helping us reach more young people across the South West with professional coaching, activities, education and experiences. 

In 2021, the HAF programme enabled us to support hundreds of thousands of children and their families throughout the Easter, summer and Christmas school holidays. 

This holiday provision is for school-aged children from reception to year 11 (inclusive) who receive benefits-related free school meals.

Benefits-related free school meals (FSM) are available to pupils if their parents receive one of the qualifying benefits and have a claim verified by their school or local authority.

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