This year’s Yo! Summer activity programme was bigger and better than ever before, with thousands of children and young people taking part in a wide range of fun days, sporting activities and holiday clubs across Wolverhampton.
Held throughout the summer holidays, over 32,000 children, young people and their families enjoyed a wide range of activities, up from 12,000 the year before.
Highlights included athletics and multi sports at WV Active, where over 1,700 youngsters got involved over the six-week break, while nearly 1,900 young bookworms joined activities at the city’s libraries. Other events included martial arts with Wolverhampton Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a popular summer camp at The Way, drama days with the Central Youth Theatre, a Rock School with WV10 Consortium and Tech Play with LearnPlay Foundation.
Nearly 500 children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) also enjoyed a variety of events organised by charities such as Let Us Play, which provided a huge range of activities over the holidays for five to 19-year-olds with SEND.
Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “This year’s Yo! Summer programme was designed to bring children and young people of Wolverhampton together through an exciting programme of events throughout the summer holidays.
“With the combined help of over 45 partners and funding from the council and Department of Education, we certainly delivered a fantastic summer for our young people, and it was encouraging to see so many getting involved and making the most of the opportunities we created.
“The participation figures are very pleasing and shows that our Yo! Wolves school holiday programme is going from strength to strength. Plans for October half-term and the Christmas holidays are well underway to ensure we continue to provide activities and opportunities for a young people across the city.”
For full details of events for October half-term, keep an eye on the website, www.yowolves.co.uk or follow the council on social media at www.twitter.com/wolvescouncil and www.facebook.com/wolverhamptontoday.
The Yo! Wolves website, www.yowolves.co.uk, also offers children, young people and families support, advice and information on everything from mental health and wellbeing to education and careers.