OIAM Community Holiday Clubs – “It’s boring at home, it’s better at OIAM” says child!

All this week children are benefiting from a range of community holiday clubs across our 5 community hubs in Manningham, Canterbury, Bierley, Keighley and Windhill. As part of the programme, children aged between 5-12 yrs old participated a Fun Day at our Manningham Hub, which is the home of our secondary school.

There was an action packed programme available, which included Food Tech (cooking pizza and fruit scones); indoor and outdoor football; dodgeball; video gaming; a cinema style movie experience in the theatre; arts and crafts; and the ever popular tour of the iconic Valley Parade Stadium, home of our community partners Bradford City.

As part of the stadium tour, the children got to sit on the players bench at pitch side and even got to go into the players kit/changing room. Former City striker, Danny Forrest, who is now the Community Pathways Officer for OIAM, inspired the children with a range of stories including how his pathway developed! Thank you Bradford City for allowing our children to access the full stadium.

Here’s what a few of the children had to say about the day: “I really like coming to OIAM to do the cooking – I liked making the pizza. If I wasn’t at OIAM, I would be bored at home” (Alisha). “I have really enjoyed today! I loved making new friends and playing football together. My favourite part was the stadium tour” (Nathan). “Everything about today was great” (Mckenzie). “It was so much fun playing on the Xbox and doing arts and crafts” (Maiya). “It’s been fun meeting new people” (Joe P). “I have had a lot of fun doing all the activities. I made some new friends aswell” (Lily M). “It is boring at home. It is better playing football at One In A Million” (Raheem). 

Zain, a Year 11 student in the OIAMFS volunteered for the day. He said, “I always enjoy the opportunity to volunteer at the OIAM Community programmes”. He added jokingly, “It keeps me out of trouble. I like giving something back to the younger ones”.

On Thursday, we are excited to be partnering with Youth Services and Star Club of Culture Fusion (who run activities for disabled children) to run a holiday club at our Manningham Hub.

Thank you for all our staff and volunteers who are running the holiday clubs each day this week to serve the amazing children and young people of Bradford.

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