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Local children invited to get active during week of Getin2it
From soft archery and dodgeball through to basketball and boxing, there is no shortage of activities on offer for children and young people in the Lichfield and Burntwood area of Staffordshire this October half term. Lichfield District Council's Active Lichfield team has launched its Getin2it autumn half term programme which features a variety of active sessions to keep holiday boredom at bay. A highlight of the week is soft archery for 7 to 14 year olds, running on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 October from 1pm to 2pm and 2.15pm to 3.15pm in Lichfield and Burntwood. Delivered by a qualified coach, the sessions are aimed at beginners and use suction cup arrows to hit the target. It costs 2 a class and needs to be booked in advance. Meantime, young people aged from 9 to 13 are being invited to hone their dodgeball and spikeball skills at Burntwood Leisure Centre on Wednesday 27 October from 4pm to 5pm. The session is free and does not need to be booked.

Soft archery
Soft archery is a safe introduction to the sport

The council is running its regular Getin2it sessions for young people aged from 7 to 25 over the half term break. Alongside the other sports already mentioned, they are also offering activities such as Just Play Football, outdoor fitness, boxing, multi sports and basketball. Most of the activities are free or cost 1 and do not need to be booked. This half term the council is also offering 14 to 25 year-olds the chance to take part in a Level 2 Community Sports Leaders course, which is running from Monday 25 to Friday 29 October from 9.30am to 4pm. Gaining this nationally recognised qualification enables learners to lead safe, purposeful and enjoyable sport and physical activity, under indirect supervision. The course will take place at Chase Terrace Academy in Burntwood. Places are funded, but learners will need to pay a 5 non-refundable deposit plus a small booking fee to secure their place.

The Getin2it programme offers coaching opportunities

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member responsible for Leisure, said: "Our Getin2it sessions in Lichfield and Burntwood are a good way to get children out of the house and engaged in positive activities this half-term. We hope young people will take advantage of what's on offer, especially the Community Sports Leaders course."

For the full autumn half term programme, go to
To find out how to register for Level 2 Community Sports Leaders, visit
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Why? Get fit and active during October half-term
When: Oct 25 to 29
Where: Burntwood Leisure Centre, High Street, Chasetown, Burntwood, Staffordshire WS7 3XH
Cost: Price of events varies
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by Tony Collins on 21/10/2020
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