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South Tyneside Councillors Raise Funds For Children's Summer Play Scheme

South Tyneside Council will be running a free children's holiday play scheme in West Park, South Shields next week.

Funding for the play scheme has been raised by the West Park Councillors and Friends of the West Park South Shields making the scheme a great example of South Tyneside performing as a Cooperative Council.

Councillor Gladys Hobson, on behalf of the West Park Councillors, said: "We are delighted to be able to host this fantastic children's play scheme in West Park.

"It's a great opportunity to encourage children of all abilities to get outdoors, get active and meet some new friends."

The play scheme, which is suitable for children aged five to 15 years old, will run for five consecutive days starting from Monday 19 August until Friday 23 August.

On each day, children can get involved in a variety of team games such as dodgeball, 'kwik cricket', football and many more. There will also be a mini sports day event involving traditional favourites such as the egg and spoon race, sack race, and co-ordination games for children to enjoy.

As well as active games, there will also be a small area dedicated to arts and crafts.

The activities will run from 11am until 3pm each day and children can come and go as they please - children less than five years old will need to be accompanied by an adult at all times.

The scheme, which is sponsored by Riverside Community Forum, will take place on the grass adjacent to the hard ground football courts and tennis courts in West Park. Youngsters are asked to wear suitable clothing and bring a drink and packed lunch along with them for their break times.

Member of the Friends of West Park South Shields, Councillor Anne Hetherington, said: "There will be something for everyone at this play scheme with all sorts of different sports and activities available for children to choose from. We hope lots of children come along to the play scheme and have a fun-filled day."

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