June 11, 2010 9.38 am This story is over 161 months old

Keeping kids active in the Arboretum

Active day: The Arboretum will be hosting several active days for local kids this summer, starting at £2 per day.

This summer the Lincoln City Council’s Sports Department is encouraging young people to get outdoors and be active. From August 6th to September 3rd there will be planned activities to get Lincoln’s youth off the sofa and into the playing field.

A sneak peek of the events came in the form of the garden party fun day on June 4th at the Arboretum. This event hosted competitions for 50 participants in kwik cricket, rounders, five-a-side football, agility challenges and dance classes.

“It was great to see so many young people come along to take part in the activities,” said Keith Taylor, Senior Sport Development Officer at the City of Lincoln Council. “There was a really great atmosphere and the winners went away with medals as mementos from the day.”

With the help of the Abbey Neighborhood Team, Abbey Access Centre, the Lincoln Voluntary Service Centre and Lincolnshire Police the event was claimed as a success.

The excellent weather meant everyone had fun: “The volunteers also really enjoyed the event, it got them up to do something active and said it encouraged them to volunteer again,” said Dianne Slapp, Area Coordinator.

The Arboretum and other community centres will also be hosting events later this summer. The will offer similar activities to children aged 7 to 14 at £2/day. The events will take place on August 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th and September 3rd. A full list can be found here.

Community Centres hosting these events are: Moorland on Mondays, Sudbrook Drive on Tuesdays, St Giles on Wednesdays, Bracbridge on Thursdays and the Arboretum on Fridays.

Source: City of Lincoln Council | Photo: Andrea Lilley for The Lincolnite