Panthers Are Half Way Through Try High Holiday Club

Panthers Are Half Way Through Try High Holiday Club

Halifax, WEST YORKSHIRE — The Halifax Panthers have teamed up with INVICTUS MENTAL WELLBEING and CALDER COMMUNITY SQUASH along with other community organisations to provide a 4 day experience of rugby league, emotional wellbeing, community squash, cooking skills, FLAT STAN FIRST AID and much much more! So far we have influenced over 50 children in 2 weeks on our program and will continue to do so throughout the summer!

Participants have been learning all about the sport and spirit of Rugby League whilst improving their life skills, meeting new friends, trying new foods and creating memories all at the same time in the same place! Each week participants of different ages, backgrounds and interests have come together and given their all for their dedicated Rugby League World Cup Country that they have chosen, learning facts, creating flags and chanting their countries as loud as they can in the build up to the real tournament next year. Try High Holiday Club has given the opportunity for these children to try different healthy meals, world fruits and of course tasty puddings which have been donated and provided from the likes of COOP, MORRISONS and STOD FOLD BREWING COMPANY. The learning doesn’t stop with the children though. Parents will also receive the opportunity to be signposted to our community clubs, gain family advice, receive their very own ‘Try High recipe book’ and learn what the children have learnt in their sessions through activities that can be taken home! All participants will also receive a free family ticket for our final fixture of the regular season vs The Batley Bulldogs on September 19th!

Participant aged 8, ‘ I’ve never chopped my own fruit before and I had no idea that I liked sweet potatoes!’ Participant Aged 11, ‘ Wow what a week! We have actually gone through so many things!’

Jack Duffy, Community Engagement Officer said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to get this project off the ground! We as a club are here for reasons such as this to use our sport to promote life skills, new experiences and have an impact on the people that need it the most in our communities! We don’t expect the work to stop here this summer and will continue to provide opportunities like this through different times of the year and into the school systems. A HUGE thank you from me to those that have kindly donated to our breakfast bar and lunch time servings and a big mention to Calder Community Squash and Invictus Wellbeing for their working so far! Let’s continue to have fun this summer.’

Danny Hutchinson from Invictus Well-Being said: Mental health and well-being has become such an important issue over the last couple of years. We here at Invictus believe that learning about well-being and looking after your mind from a young age is so important to ensuring good mental health throughout life. If we can give the children the understanding and skills to support not only themselves but others, we can build a stronger, healthier and more resilient future! We are delighted to be partnering with the Halifax Panthers to offer our skills and knowledge around well-being through the Try High Holiday camp!

Aron Harper-Robinson from Calder Community Squash said: Here at Calder Community Squash we believe that a good understanding of nutrition and the ability to cook basic meals can be life changing, so as well as an introduction to squash we are delighted to run weekly cookery classes as part of the summer camp! With the help of the Halifax Panthers and Invictus Well-being we have also created the ‘Try High Recipe Book’ for participants!

We would like to thank Elland RLFC, Greetland Allrounders RLFC, Ovenden RLFC & King Cross RLFC for the use of their venues this summer. We would also like to offer a huge thank you to Calderdale Council and The Community Foundation for Calderdale for the funding to provide this opportunity.

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