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Children of all ages gathered at Walsall Arboretum to celebrate the end of an exciting summer activity programme delivered by leading Midlands landlord whg.

The programme, which was provided by whg’s Community Health Team, saw a total of 72 children participate in a variety of fun activities over the long summer break.

Designed to promote a healthy and active lifestyle in young local residents, those who signed up were able to enjoy a variety of sports such as rounders, football, cricket and nature walks. Sports days were also arranged which included traditional activities for the more competitive such as running, relay races, three-legged races and long jump.

Rainy weather  failed to put a dampener on the programme, too, with children  also focusing their energy on arts and crafts for the recent whg customer family day Under the Sea, including display items for the Health and Wellbeing stall, masks and colouring sheets.

A celebration day was held on Friday, 1st September at Walsall Arboretum to mark the end of the programme. Children enjoyed a day of multi-sports, team building tasks, tennis and a secret garden themed activity. Gary Fulford, whg’s Group Chief Executive and Rob Gilham, whg’s Corporate Director - Operations attended to present the children with a medal and certificate in recognition for taking part.

Kelly Woodfield’s daughter Ada has been taking part in the scheme over the summer. Kelly, 31 said: “It’s absolutely brilliant what whg are doing. Ada has been over the moon to have so much to do during her school holiday and I can’t believe what’s available considering it’s free of charge.”

Ada, 9 agreed with her mum. She said: “Today I enjoyed the secret garden and rounders the most. I will definitely be taking part in this again!”

Lesley Dews, whg’s Health and Housing Partnerships Manager, said: “We have been absolutely delighted with the effort and commitment shown by the children taking part in the summer programme this year. We hold the programme every year and find this an excellent opportunity to give children and parents information on healthy eating, staying active and share Change 4 Life resources.”

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