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Take part in fun packed Easter holidays in the Chichester District

Introduction

Children and young people in the Chichester district can beat the boredom and get active this Easter with a number of activities. Throughout the two week school holidays, from Saturday 5 to Sunday 20 April, there will be a range of sporting and cultural activities and events being run at various locations across the district.


The popular Sport in the Community activities include:

· Rugby in the Community holiday courses - at Tangmere Recreation Ground with Driving Force Rugby Coaching Ltd on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 April;

· Football in the Community holiday courses - at Tangmere Recreation Ground with Brighton and Hove Albion FC on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 April and at The Grange, Midhurst on Wednesday 16 April;

· Chi Sport Camps - at the University of Chichester on Monday 14, Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16, Thursday 17 April. Choose from a range of sports including cricket, basketball, racquet sport, netball, and multisport camps.

These courses are open to boys and girls aged 6 to 15 (school year 2-10) of all abilities. All courses run from 10am to 3pm. There is a focus on all-round player development, different training drills as well as games and tournaments, but most importantly the sessions are about having fun! All coaches are fully qualified and DBS/CRB checked.

The cost is £7.50 per child per day or £5 for any tenants of the activities' funding partners. To book online go to www.chichester.gov.uk/sportincommunity or contact the council's Sport and Leisure team on 01243 534799 or sport@chichester.gov.uk

Funding to run the courses is provided by the following local housing associations: Home, Affinity Sutton, A2 Dominion Group, Hyde Martlet and Raglan Housing Association.

Activities at The Novium museum include two special workshops:

· Word Play children's creative writing workshop - create poems and stories in the museum. Tuesday 15 April from 10am to 2pm. For ages 8 to 11. £8 per child, booking is essential;

· Cardboard Constructions - build with boxes and make art inspired by the museum. Thursday 17 April from 10am to 2pm. For seven to 11-year-olds. £8 per child, booking is essential.

Plus, there will be crafts and hands-on activities for all the family themed around the museum's new World War One exhibition at a special In the Wars Weekend on Saturday 12 April.

For more information contact The Novium on 01243 775888, email thenovium@chichester.gov.uk or visit the website at www.thenovium.org

The museum has also teamed up with Chichester Harbour Conservancy for a family event featuring tales of the harbour - Bygone Harbour on the Solar Boat - on Wednesday 16 April at 11.30am at Chichester Harbour. To book call 01243 512301.

Westgate Leisure, Chichester will be running a daily Burst holiday club from Monday 7 to Friday 18 April from 8.30am to 5.30pm.

The club is for children aged six to 16 years old and can be booked for the whole day or half day. Activities include:

· arts and crafts;

· Waterwalkerz and inflatable swim;

· snorkelling;

· trampolining;

· team sports; and

· bouncy castle and soft play.

The cost per child is £16 for half day and £23 for full day. Book before Sunday 30 March and receive an 'early bird' discount.

To book a place please email lsargeant@chichester.gov.uk or call Westgate Leisure Chichester on 01243 785651.

Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Community Services at Chichester District Council, says: "There's so much going on this Easter for young people across the Chichester district to take part in. Parents can be happy that these great opportunities will keep their children active and entertained, in a safe environment. The events are also a wonderful way to try out new things and make new friends. I'd encourage people to take full advantage and make this school break happy, healthy and fun."