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Summer kids club in Barking aims to tackle the borough’s childhood obesity crisis

PUBLISHED: 19:00 16 May 2018

The kids club should go some way to tackling Barking and Dagenham's obesity crisis, where more than a quarter of Year Six pupils are obese. Picture: Joe Giacomet

The kids club should go some way to tackling Barking and Dagenham's obesity crisis, where more than a quarter of Year Six pupils are obese. Picture: Joe Giacomet

© Joe Giacomet

A kids club is opening this summer in an effort to get Barking’s children more active.

In partnership with charity ukactive, Sainsbury’s will be running a month-long programme of gymnastics, tennis, cricket, dodgeball, football, dance, arts and crafts.

In February, NHS statistics revealed that a quarter of the borough’s 10 and 11-year-olds are obese.

Steven Ward, CEO of ukactive, said: “Today’s children are the least active generation ever. Our research shows that there is a huge fall in children’s fitness levels during the holidays.”

Sainsbury’s director Judith Batchelar added: “We know from speaking to parents that the summer holidays can be a difficult time to keep children entertained, so we hope to provide them with much needed support during the long school holiday.

“Taking part in a club this summer may be the first step in a lifelong passion for a new activity.”

The club will take place on weekdays in Manor Junior School, Sandringham Road between July 30 and August 31, from 9am to 4pm.

To book a space, visit activekids.sainsburys.co.uk.

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