On Tuesday 13th February 2018, OIAM ran a community half term fun-day inviting nearly 50 children from our Bierley, Windhill, Canterbury and Manningham community hubs to join us at our central OIAM Free School Hub.
The children participated in a range of exciting activities including a Bradford City Stadium Tour; Dance with Paris; Vocal coaching with Amy; Xbox/PS4 competition; football; table tennis; cooking pancakes; and a film in our theatre!
Several groups of children were taken on a tour of the stadium; given the opportunity to sit in the famous player dugout before being given the privileged opportunity to sit in the first team changing room! On the returning to our school, the children were impeccable as they visited the Valley Parade Fire Memorial and gave a minutes silence.
Several students from our secondary school took a day out of their holidays to come and volunteer. They included Ammara (pictured above), Josh, Brendan, Jonathan and Phoebe (pictured below).
Upon getting asked why he’d given up a day of his holidays to come into school and volunteer, OIAMFS student Josh said, “I really like helping other people and creating the opportunity for children to have fun”.
“I loved the community holiday club at One In A Million! I really enjoyed taking part in the dance sessions but the stadium tour was my favourite!” – Millie, aged 10 (pictured above watching a film in our theatre).
“It was great to meet new people. It was such a brilliant day! The best part was the stadium tour, going in the home changing rooms and then playing football afterward at One In A Million” – Harvey, aged 12.
“I really liked all the different activities available to us to take part in. I loved the stadium tour. I also really liked the music workshop with our coach Amy. We did a mash-up of two songs and learned how to sing them. I really like the school building – it’s really cool!” – Morgan, aged 11.
“I really liked the singing session – it was great! When I got home I kept on singing the songs for over 2 hours! The dancing with Paris was cool aswell!” – Mia, aged 9.
Former OIAM Stars Award winner, Amy (pictured above), who has been volunteering with us since the age of 14 years old, commented, “It’s really good to see the children having fun. The age range for today’s holiday club was diverse, from 4 years to 12 year old’s. The variety of activities catered really well for such a broad age range. A lasting memory for me was the manner in which the children paid their respects at the Bradford City Fire Memorial. The way they marked a ‘minutes silence’ was very respectful”.
OIAM Community Activator, Gurmit Chand added, “Amongst all the brilliant activities the children participated in and the reverberation of laughter and fun across the building today, hopefully, on days like this, we are informally educating children to remember the heritage of our great city in moments like our tour of the stadium and the children learning about the tragedy of the Bradford Fire. Bradford is a great city and so are its people!”.
We would like to express a huge thank you to everyone who supported the day including our valued volunteers, our wonderful staff/coaches and of course, our community partners Bradford City AFC. The day was summoned up best when one girl, Millie, excitedly asked, “Can we do this again?!”.