Activities Detail - Minibus Excursions

HDSD runs a variety of excursions in school holidays

Wall Climbing, Abseiling & Archery

Run in most school holidays

blacklands farmAn action packed day where you get the chance to have a go at all three activities. You will be transported by minibus to Blacklands Farm, East Grinstead and have the opportunity to try and climb to the top of the indoor wall, abseil down the 30 foot tower and be taught how to shoot a bow and arrow like a real life Robin Hood. All equipment to take part in these activities is provided.

Ice Skating and Swimming

Typically run in Easter and summer school holidays

ice skating

This day gives you the opportunity to have a go at both ice skating and to swim in the leisure pool at Guildford Spectrum Leisure Centre. Perfect your ice skating skills in the morning and then after lunch you can enjoy the large swimming complex that includes a wave machine, diving boards, swimming pool and three flumes including one with large rubber rings. Children should wear trousers, jumper and gloves on the ice rink and bring swimwear and a towel for the swimming.

Chessington

Typically run in Easter and summer school holidays

chessingtonAn opportunity to visit Chessington World of Adventures and travel through themed lands, come face to face with great beasts and walk beneath the waves. With 10 themed lands, over 40 rides and attractions, over 1,000 animals at Chessington Zoo; from the exotic and endangered to the just plain cute and the opportunity to meet sharks, jellyfish, rays and more in the sea life centre there is plenty to keep you occupied. Price includes transport, entry to the park and supervision if required. Children will only be allowed around the park unaccompanied with a signed letter of consent from a parent/guardian.

Thorpe Park

Typically run in Easter and summer school holidays

thorpe parkAn opportunity to visit Thorpe Park which is an island like no other. With seven roller coasters, five water rides and a number of other thrill rides, this is a day that you will not forget. Rides include Stealth, an Intamin Accelerator Coaster, which launches riders from 0-80 mph in 1.8 seconds sending them 205 ft into the air and The Swarm, which is the only B&M wing rider coaster in the UK, has a total of 5 inversions and is 127 ft tall. Price includes transport, entry to the park and supervision if required. Children will only be allowed around the park unaccompanied with a signed letter of consent from a parent/guardian.

Note on the Excursions Minibus:

For excursions unless stated otherwise a minibus is provided to transport the children. There is no reduction in cost for children deciding to travel independently. Times stated for excursions are the departures from and arrival back at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, unless stated otherwise. The minibus meets all safety requirements and is fitted with seat belts.

All minibus excursions are operated from Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre. The children will depart from and return to the reception area at the Leisure Centre.

Activities Detail - Sport, Art and Play Day Camps

Format

Horsham District Sports Development (HDSD) sport, art and play camps run in most school holidays, but not the Christmas one. Typically they run for three full days of any given school holiday week.

Age Range

They cater for children aged 5-12 years.

Times

Each day normally runs 8.30am-5.30pm in order to be convenient for working parents. However half-day bookings (8.30am-1pm and 1-5.30pm) are also possible. It is acceptable to drop children off later than the stated start times or pick-up earlier than the stated finish times, although we would appreciate being notified of any variations to sports.development@horsham.gov.uk where possible.

Venues

The most regularly used venue for the camps is the Forest Recreation Centre based at Forest School in Horsham (sports hall, corridor for arts, multicourts, playground area and grass fields. However Collyer's Sixth Form College in Horsham (sports hall, social area for arts, multicourts, grass fields) or Horsham Park Barn (hall, tennis and multicourts, Park grass areas) are also used sometimes, especially if Forest is unavailable for reasons such as repair and maintenance works.

Location maps for all three venues are available here - Forest / Collyers / Park Barn

Staffing

Staffing levels are flexed to appropriately and safely cover the sign-up number of participants on any given day. Normmally there will be two or three full-time members of the HDSD team designated on a day supported by casual employed staff and/or volunteers. For information linked to the safeguarding policy which HDSD run activities are guided by click here

Toilets

All venues have male and female toilets to access

Refreshments

Children staying all day should come with a packed lunch, snacks and plenty of drink. Children booked for a half day should come with snacks and plenty of drink.

Sport-Specific Sessions

The camps tend to run alongside HDSD sport-specific sessions run at the same venue for part of the time. As long as there is spare capacity available day and half-day camp children can participate in these sessions at no additional cost along with the children who have booked specifically and only for them.

Activity Detail

SPORTS

Horsham District Sports Development (HDSD) staff are trained and equipped to deliver a wide range of sporting options (see lists below). The sporting offer of any given day will take into account such factors as facilities available (including equipment storage), numbers and ages of children, knowledge of children's preferences, whether a day has been themed in a particular way and observation of the need to rotate activities for variety.

Typically sport sessions will consist of a warm-up, skills and drills and matchplay (possibly including a tournament). Equipment and coaching is age appropriate. Safety and fun are the driving principles in our holiday sports provision, although children that are motivated to learn are keenly supported to do so.

The groupings below represent an informal classification structure used by HDSD staff

Mainstream Sports

Athletics

Badminton
BasketballCricket
Cycling (skills)Football
Tri-golfHockey
NetballRounders
Tag rugby                       Table Tennis                    

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Alternative Sports

New Age BowlsCrocquet

Disc Golf

Footgolf
 Fun Golf
Handball Kinball
Korfball   Lacrosse
SpeedmintonStoolball
Ultimate Frisbee     Tchoukball
     

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Paralympic Sports

ArcheryBoccia
FencingGoalball
Inclusive bikesNew Age Kurling
Sitting VolleyballWheelchair sports

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Street Sports

DodgeballGo-Karts
Shoretrax and Ramps Cycling   Skateboarding
              

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Low Intensity Games

  Floor SkittlesQuoits
                       
ShuffleboardSjoelen
Table Skittles 

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Outdoor Adventurous Activities

ArcheryMountain Bike Rides
Orienteering (in development)         Teambuilding

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ARTS

By definition Horsham District Sports Development (HDSD) staff are not arts specialists(!) but as a team we are still keen and able to provide children with opportunities to be creative in holiday camps in the following ways:

Crafts

Materials and encouragement are provided for children in papercraft, drawing, colouring and making things like pom poms

Musical Instruments

A selection of basic musical instruments is available for children to have fun and experiment with in making music

Dance

Occasionally and subject to availability HDSD brings in specialist staff to give a focus on dance. We are currently investigating training options for developing our staff to give more input in this regard.

Cheerleading

This is not an activity we currently are able to provide but it is one we are researching in order that we can do so in the future so please watch this space!

 

Lego

A supply of lego gives children the chance to be creative in an engineering kind of way

PLAY

Within the context of a holiday camp day as long as nine hours it's important that children get lots of opportunity to play freely ('freely' as opposed to receiving structured tuition) in order that they can be more relaxed, creative, social and, ultimately, be themselves as children and have lots of fun.

HDSD employs experienced staff to supervise children on its holiday camps that understand the importance of play in children's development. We are geared to supporting play safely and have a building range of excellent and exciting equipment at our disposal to help facilitate it.

Individual Play-Based Equipment

                                Boxing Bag (incl gloves)                      
Diabolo (spinning plates)
Limbo
Mini-trampoline
Pogo-stick
Spacehoppers
Stacking Cups (and mat)
Stilts (bucket and stick types)
Tunnels
Unicycle (with helmet and pads)
                 Velcro-based targets    
 

Cooperative Play-Based Equipment

Board Games
                   Catching Frame            
                Caterpillar Track      
       
           Get Knotted Game (like Twister)                      
Giant Connect 4
Jenga (small and giant sizes)
Parachute
Squash Wall
Swingball
Tug of War

Additionally HDSD staff are trained to deliver a range of playground type games (eg stuck in the mud)

Activities Detail - Sport Focused Sessions

Horsham District Sports Development (HDSD) staff are trained and equipped to deliver a wide range of sporting options (see lists below). The sporting offer of any given day will take into account such factors as facilities available (including equipment storage), numbers and ages of children, knowledge of children's preferences, whether a day has been themed in a particular way and observation of the need to rotate activities for variety.

Typically sport sessions will consist of a warm-up, skills and drills and matchplay (possibly including a tournament). Equipment and coaching is age appropriate. Safety and fun are the driving principles in our holiday sports provision, although children that are motivated to learn are keenly supported to do so.

The groupings below represent an informal classification structure used by HDSD staff

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Mainstream Sports

Athletics

Badminton
BasketballCricket
Cycling (skills)Football
Tri-golfHockey
NetballRounders
Tag rugby                       Table Tennis                    
Tennis 

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Alternative Sports

New Age BowlsCrocquet
Disc GolfFun Golf
Handball Kinball
Korfball Lacrosse
SpeedmintonStoolball
Ultimate Frisbee     Tchoukball 
     

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Paralympic Sports

ArcheryBoccia
FencingGoalball
Inclusive bikesNew Age Kurling
Sitting VolleyballWheelchair sports

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Street Sports

DodgeballGo-Karts
Shoretrax and Ramps Cycling   Skateboarding
              

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Low Intensity Games

  Floor SkittlesQuoits
                       
ShuffleboardSjoelen
Table Skittles 

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Outdoor Adventurous Activities

ArcheryMountain Bike Rides
Orienteering (in development)         Teambuilding
Activities Detail - Explanatory Videos

The videos below are provided to give an insight into and some understanding of more unusual sports that we provide or are planning to provide soon.

Sports are listed in alphabetical order

Boccia

Disc Golf

Fencing

Footgolf

Goalball

Handball

Kinball

Korfball

Lacrosse

New Age Bowls

New Age Kurling

Shoretrax Cycling

Sitting Volleyball

Speedminton

Tchoukball

Ultimate Frisbee

Bookings Process Guidance

bookings

Online Booking Suspension (Sept 2017)

We’re experiencing problems with our online booking system and consequently have decided to temporarily move to a ‘manual’ approach until we’re confident to reinstate it. Apologies for this situation and thank you for your patience.

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General Notes

Refreshments

Food and drink are not provided by the organisers except where stated. Parents should ensure children have plenty of drink available for all activities. The provision of a packed lunch is at the parents' discretion, although it is recommended that children have one where the activity lasts for 3 or more hours.

Clothing

Children should wear appropriate clothing bearing in mind the nature of the activity and the weather conditions.

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Booking Conditions

In making bookings customers (and any children that are being booked on behalf of) agree to abide by the conditions and regulations of Horsham District Council as listed below:

Activity Delivery

What you can expect from us:

1. All activities will be led by a qualified individual with the appropriate safety and coaching endorsements. There will be a qualified first aider on site with access to a first aid box.

2. Provision of properly serviced and maintained minibus transport, where offered, with forward facing seating and seat belts.

3. Provision, where offered, of properly serviced and maintained and appropriate equipment (eg trampoline, rock climbing helmets). Where individuals choose or are required to use their own equipment (ice skates, mountain bikes etc) Horsham District Council will not be responsible for their condition.

Other things you should know:

1. Unless instructions are heeded, some HDSD activities can be hazardous. We reserve the right to ban individuals from future activities if they are considered to behave in a dangerous or unruly manner.

Cancellations
General

We request that activities booked by customers are not cancelled lightly because staff/facility/programme planning is often influenced by numbers of children, resources are committed to and refunds take up administrative time. Also some activities have strictly limited capacities (eg minibus based excursions) and if full up some potential customers have to be turned away. Some activities require a minimum number of participants to be reached to become viable to run. Occasionally HDSD cancels activities but it never does so lightly as we realise it can cause inconvenience and disappointment to people who have booked.

Customer Cancellation

If a customer requests cancellation with at least 14 days’ notice it will be refunded in full. For most activities where a customer requests cancellation with at least 7 days’ notice a full refund will be given but in the occasional case where the Council is at risk of suffering loss as a consequence a refund request may be denied. For cancellations of less than 7 days’ the Council reserves the right to refuse refund requests and will only do so at its discretion and on a goodwill basis.

HDSD Cancellation

Sometimes activities may be cancelled at shorter notice by HDSD as the provider because of low numbers, weather and other factors outside our control. We will endeavour to inform parents of low number cancellations with a minimum of 3 days’ notice and provide a full refund. Weather/other cancellations prior to and during activities will be relayed to parents as soon as possible and reasonable in relation to the practicalities of the particular situation. Prior weather/other cancellations will attract full refunds and ones made during events will lead to a partial or full refund depending on the circumstances. Weather cancellations will only be made where the weather is sufficiently poor to merit them and outdoor activities such as football and cycling will still take place in moderately poor rain/cold weather. Where a customer does not attend on the basis of their weather based decision-making but the activity proceeds a refund will not be issued.

Customer Feedback

We welcome feedback on all the activities we run and promote.

Activity Feedback Form

If you wish to convey feedback by email, letter, phone or in a meeting please contact Ian Ford on Ian.ford@horsham.gov.uk or 01403-215634 / 07764-146338 or at HDSD, Parkside, Chart Way, North Street, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1RL

Other Holiday Providers

table tennis

Horsham District Sports Development is only one of various organisations providing school holiday activities for children in the district.

Other providers include:

Leisure Centres

Most leisure centres in the district provide holiday clubs and activities – visit links below and enquire direct with each centre to check what they offer.

Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre

Pavilions in the Park

Steyning Leisure Centre

Billingshurst Leisure Centre

Chanctonbury Leisure Centre

Henfield Leisure Centre

Bluecoat Sports & Link to Kids Club

Bluecoat Sports Holiday Kids Club - qualified staff running a range of activities, including swimming, discos, bouncy castle sessions and a variety of small group activities. With so much on offer, it is sure to entertain any child over the holidays.  Spaces fill up quickly so reserve your place early. Book online at https://online.bluecoatsports.co.uk/horizons or visit the Bluecoat Sports reception desk during opening hours.

Bluecoat Sports Junior Intensive Swimming Courses - in school holidays Bluecoat Sports runs popular Intensive Swimming Courses for children 4 1/2 and over to help them improve their swimming skills. Suitable for complete beginners to advanced swimmers, instructors will work through techniques and each child will receive a certificate of attendance. The 30 minute sessions typically run daily. Parents often see a noticeable improvement in their children’s skills and confidence in the water. Advanced courses include front crawl, backstroke or butterfly stroke. Book online at https://online.bluecoatsports.co.uk/horizons or visit the Bluecoat Sports reception desk during opening hours.

Southwater Leisure Centre

Clubs

Horsham Tennis Club

Billingshurst Tennis Club

Other Groups

Chelsea FC Soccer Schools

Cottesmore Golf Academy

Go Wild

Marlow Sports (including Woods for Learning)

MY Golf Academy

South Coast Sports and Charities

Sussex Football Academy

VMA Dance

Playschemes

See also under 'leisure centres' above

Barracudas  at Farlington School

Little Busy Bodies at All Saints School, Horsham

SCL Holiday Weeks at Holbrook School

Secret Garden Summer School, Slinfold

Whizzkids at Leechpool School, Horsham and Towers Convent School, Upper Beeding

Up4It! Promotion

See the latest copy (autumn term 2018) of the Up 4 It! publication, our flagship promotional resource that is distributed around local primary schools on a one per child basis as well as a variety of other display points

Volunteering With HDSD

HDSD welcomes volunteers (minimum age 15) to help in the running of its activities including those running in school holidays. Volunteering can afford benefits such as experience, confidence and skill development to add to a person’s CV, not to  mention the simple enjoyment and satisfaction of helping youngsters to have a good time.

If you are interested in volunteering on holiday activities contact Stephen.denman@horsham.gov.uk / 07756 811308