Fun, new activities for children to try for free this half term

Pickleball, archery and the Harry Potter inspired sport, quidditch, are putting the magic into new activities funded by Telford & Wrekin Council this May half term holiday.

Published on: 22 May 2024
A group of four pictures, picture one is someone doing archery, picture two is a child on a BMX, picture three is two people fencing, picture four is a picture of three table tennis balls and two table tennis bats.

The hugely popular Urban Games programme will offer a variety of sports for girls and boys, aged eight to sixteen, as well as nature themed sessions suitable for younger children and family table tennis too.

The Urban Games is funded through the council’s safer and stronger Communities programme in partnership with the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner. All sessions are free and children can just turn up.

There’s a host of fun new things to try such as pickleball – a mix of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong – and dodgeball. There’s also archery and fencing and quidditch which is now a real life sport played on brooms. Sessions will be delivered by the charity 4 All Foundation.

Plus, there will be the usual favourites including football, cricket, hockey, cycling and BMX biking hosted by professional coaches from AFC Telford United Foundation, Shropshire Cricket, Telford & Wrekin Hockey Club, Telford Bike Hub and Telford Flyers. There’s a chance to have a go at martial arts and Chinese painting provided by Culture Kind Chinese Community.

For younger children, they can learn about nature through trails and treasure hunts led by Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

Visit the Telford & Wrekin Council website to see the full urban games programme.

Councillor Kelly Middleton (Lab), Cabinet Member for Healthy, Safer and Stronger Communities and Partnerships, said:

“It’s great to see that new sports will be offered for the May half-term programme. I’ve always fancied having a go at archery myself and for all those Harry Potter fans out there, quidditch sounds like great fun! All the sessions take place in a fun and safe environment giving parents peace of mind.”

Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion, said:

“I am proud to support these sessions, as part of a wider programme in Telford. By working together with Telford & Wrekin Council and investing jointly we are building stronger communities, giving children and young people more opportunities and ultimately reducing crime and making communities safer.” 

Telford & Wrekin Council also provides a broad range of inclusive activities and events that children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities can take part in, to make friends and develop new skills and interests.

Visit the SEND - local offer website to find inclusive events for children with special education needs and disabilities.

Urban games is just one of the projects funded through the council’s safer and stronger communities programme in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner and part funded by levelling up money from the government.

Safer and stronger communities supports projects that bring people together and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and are the result of residents’ feedback. If people have ideas for a project in their area, they can contact the team: