Children enjoy summer play scheme activities

Fun and games at the finale of a kids summer scheme in South Kirkby.'Mayor & Mayoress Cllr Eric and Joyce Tunstall playing cricket.'h301b334

Fun and games at the finale of a kids summer scheme in South Kirkby.'Mayor & Mayoress Cllr Eric and Joyce Tunstall playing cricket.'h301b334

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Youngsters in South Kirkby enjoyed a two-week summer play scheme – and its organisers say there should be more programmes like it on offer.

Hundreds of children went along to Burntwood Community Centre and the cricket club, both in South Kirkby, to enjoy games, sports and arts and crafts.

The scheme – funded by South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council – has been running for almost 40 years and its organisers think there should be more summer clubs.

Jo Speight, senior play leader, said: “The club is really popular and children ask me all year when it’s running again.

“It’s great for building children’s confidence as well as giving children something positive to do and keep them off of the street.

“Last year we had a club in Moorthope but we aren’t able to use that location any more. So the children around that area who can’t make it into South Kirkby are missing out.

“There are a lot of children now who won’t get to go. I think it would be great if South Elmsall Town Council could fund its own play scheme so children across the whole of the South East get to experience the same as the ones in South Kirkby.”

Bryan Capstick, deputy leader of South Elmsall town council said he was only told of the decision to move to the club out of Moorthorpe in the last few weeks.

He said: “ I would love to be able to offer a summer club and we do need to consider it. The only issue we face is supervision of it. We just need to get the community to pull together in the right direction.”