SCDF Easter half-term 2023 Camps – Week One

A look back at all of the events hosted by the Saints Community Development Foundation, following week one of our Easter half-term camps!

After a busy Spring session of camps for the SCDF, you can see below everything that we did over the past two weeks over the Easter period.

Monday 3rd April

On the first day of our half-term Easter camps, we kicked off with several events around the local community. Rugby League Development Camps, Cheer Camps and HAF events all took place on the first day. HAF is a council programme funded by the Department for Education.

Our Rugby League Development Camps were led by former St Helens players Matty Smith and Gary Wheeler at Cowley International College, the event lasting from 10am to 3pm (with drop off available from 9:30am). The first of three back-to-back days full of fun during the week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) for children aged 6-13 to enjoy.

Our Cheer Camps ran alongside these events at the Totally Wicked Stadium. This event allowed children the chance to learn from the best cheerleaders in the Betfred Super League across the first three days of the week.

Our HAF events around the local community also took place on Monday. On Monday morning, sessions took place at both the Shining Lights Centre (ages 5-16), as well as Allanson Street (ages 5-15). The morning sessions began at 10am, lasting two hours until 12pm. The afternoon events going from 12:30pm until 2:30pm. Following those two sessions, there was also a UV Sport event hosted at Allanson Street (ages 10-16) between 3-5pm, with a UV Dance Party at the Shining Lights Centre (ages 10-16) at the same time.

Tuesday 4th April

Following a successful day on Monday, we moved onto day two on Tuesday. Rugby League Development Camps, Girls Rugby League Camps, Cheer Camps and HAF all took place on the second day.

With the Rugby League Development Camps taking place at the same time all week, the event once again started at 10am at Cowley International College. St Helens Women’s Head Coach, Matty Smith again hosting the event, alongside Gary Wheeler. Several Saints stars showed their faces at the event and watched on whilst the children took part in small sided Rugby League games!

Following that, the Girls’ Development sessions took place at the same venue. The groups were split into two, ages 7-11 and also 11-16. Those in the 11-16 group were in Matty Smith’s Coaching Masterclass. Smith, who recently was appointed St Helens Women’s Head Coach, showed off his coaching skills to help develop some potential stars of the future.

Cheer Camps once again took place again on the same day, at the same time, at the Totally Wicked Stadium. The girls once again got to run through routines with our A-Star Saints Angels, as well as meet new faces and show themselves off as potential Angels of the future in another day filled with fun!

Our HAF Camps also took place once again on Tuesday. HAF returned to Allanson Street (Ages 5-16) from 10am to 12pm on the morning. With another event running at Wargrave CofE Primary (Ages 6-16) from 10:30am to 12:30pm. The afternoon events running from 12:30pm to 2:30pm (Allanson Street) and 1pm-3pm (Wargrave CofE Primary). Allanson Street hosting the final event of the day, a UV Dance Party for 10-16 year olds between 3pm and 5pm.

Wednesday 5th April

On Wednesday we hosted the third and final day of the Rugby League and Cheer Camps for week one. Alongside that, we also hosted Cheer Bingo at the Totally Wicked Stadium later on that evening. We also had another day full of HAF events around the local community.

Once again, the Rugby League Development Camps ran from 10am until 3pm at Cowley International College. For the final camps of the week, Boots showed up to meet with the children who turned up  and allowed all of the children in attendance the chance to meet our famous mascot in person!

Cheer Camps also continued on Wednesday for the final day of their first week at the Totally Wicked Stadium between 10am and 3pm. The children continuing to learn from our A-Star Saints Angels at the stadium.

On the HAF side of things, there were events at the Shining Lights Centre, from 10am to 12pm (Ages 6-16).  Also at Broad Oak Primary School from 10:30am to 12:30pm (Ages 5-16). In the afternoon the sessions running from 12:30pm to 2:30pm (Shining Lights) and 1pm to 3pm (Broad Oak). The UV Sport event then took place at the Shining Lights Centre from 3pm-5pm for ages 10-16.

Thursday 6th April

On the fourth and final day of our first week of camps, we had a busy day around the community. At the Totally Wicked Stadium there were a wide variety of events, whilst HAF camps around the community also continued.

The two HAF Camps took place at the Shining Lights Centre (for those aged 5-16) between 10am and 12pm. At the same time, there was also a HAF event taking place at Allanson Street (Ages 6-16). The afternoon event for both of those camps taking place between 12:30pm and 2:30pm. The final UV Dance Party of the week then taking place at the Shining Lights Centre between 3pm and 5pm later on that day (Ages 10-16).

Meanwhile, at the Totally Wicked Stadium, the day started with the Baby Easter Party, which took place between 10am and 11am in the Community Room. Boots and the Easter Bunny made a special visit to meet the children during their hour of fun activities!

That was followed by the Toddler Easter Party between 11:30am and 12:30pm in the same room.

Then between 2pm and 4pm the Public Health Family Event took place in the same room, before the regularly scheduled Cheer Classes took place between 5:30pm and 8:30pm on the evening.

There is still time for you to book onto our events for the second week of camps, which will begin on Tuesday!

You can view our events for the second week of Easter’s half-term camps, and also book your place on the camps by clicking here. Alternatively, you can also visit Ticket Tailor to book your place on next week’s camps by clicking here.

You can also book your place on next week’s HAF events at the Totally Wicked Stadium below. Our HAF event is a council programme which is funded by the Department for Education:

Thursday 13th April – 10:30am – 12:30pm

Thursday 13th April – 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Friday 14th April – 10:30am – 12:30pm

Friday 14th April – 1:30pm – 3:30pm