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Summer sports camp success

Children from Redhouse taking part in dance lessons at Red House Methodist Church as part of the summer activities organised by I Am Sports.

Children from Redhouse taking part in dance lessons at Red House Methodist Church as part of the summer activities organised by I Am Sports.

A SUMMER sports camp has been a hit during the school holidays.

Mathew Johnston, from Washington, and Ian Horabin, from Red House, run the I Am Sports play scheme in the Red House Methodist Church.

After working in other sports camps, Mathew and Ian, who have known each other for six years, decided to do it themselves.

Next week is the last week of the scheme.

Mathew said: “We wanted to do something for the community while making it as affordable as possible for parents.

“We already have a relationship with parents in the area and we only charge £3 a day.

“We only got the go ahead a few weeks before we started, which left us with a short space of time to get everything sorted, but we did it and I’m really pleased.

“The interest was brilliant as well, which meant we could extend the sessions.

“We’ve been working 15-hour days, but you don’t mind the long hours if you are doing something you believe in.”

Mathew and Ian’s sports camp has about 40 children a day and takes part in a variety of sports including football, dodge ball, rounders and cricket. Arts and crafts are also included.

Mathew added: “Lots of people have helped us, Northern Saints Primary School have let us use their field for football, Richardson’s shop has given us balloons and the University of Sunderland has provided us with some equipment.

“Northumbrian Water has also given us about 200 bottles of water, so I want to thank all of them.”

 

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