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Explore the great outdoors and learn amazing new skills

We’re really excited to tell you that our friends at Haven, Britain’s favourite seaside holiday provider, will be bringing their fabulous Nature Rockz programme to our Multi Activity Camps from Easter onwards.

With our Nature Rockz outdoor activities you will learn a world of outdoor skills with our trained Rangers. You’ll have the chance to discover creepy crawlies, learn about the natural beauty that surrounds us and become a Nature Rockz Mini Ranger.

You’ll also have the chance to get creative using natural materials found in the great outdoors, make natural crafts that help our wildlife and see what you can grow for yourself in your own home!

We’re bringing back kids’ favourites such as Shelter Building and Bug Hunting, Grass Heads, and Nature Collages. We’ve also introduced a new fun activity – Mini Match Box Animals – so your kids’ bush craft and creative skills can shine.

Sign up for our Multi Activity Camps at selected locations nationwide here and see what you can explore and discover with Nature Rockz.

For more information about this fantastic partnership and to explore more about what Haven and Nature Rockz can offer you this summer just click on the image below:

 

Support Sam in the Jungle and win

WIN A SIGNED SAM QUEK HOCKEY STICK

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We’re so excited that ITV’s latest series of ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here’ features our very own Olympic Hockey star, Sam Quek.
Sam is one of twelve celebrities taking on the Australian jungle, and as the only current sports person amongst the camp mates, Sam is showing the team skills and leadership qualities that have helped her to reach the very top of her game.
Managed by us here at Activate Management, Sam Quek is an Olympic Gold Medal winner with the Team GB women’s Hockey team and leading light in British sport.
We’re offering you the chance to support Sam and be in with the chance to win a signed Sam Quek hockey stick. Here’s how…
 

The Competition

Sam is eager to take on the Bushtucker trials and to stay in the jungle for as long as possible. We want you to help Sam by using the free ‘I’m a Celebrity’ App and in return you’ll be entered in to a draw to win a hockey stick signed by Sam. Here’s how…  
 
  1. Download the free ‘I’m a Celeb’ App on to a device and you’ll be given 5 free votes each time the programme is on air. 
  2. Use all your 5 votes for Sam to either do a trial or to stay in the jungle.
  3. Take a screen shot of your votes, as shown below, and email it to us at  info@activatesport.co.uk.
  4. Alternatively, cast your votes and tweet your screenshot to show everyone that you’re supporting Sam. Don’t forget to tag us by including @ActivateSport in the tweet
  5. By voting on the app and then emailing or tweeting us, you will then have entered the draw to win a Sam Quek signed hockey stick.
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To download the app and start supporting Sam, use the links below or simply search “I’m a Celeb” on Android or iPhone.

Competition T&C’s:

  1. The prize is for one hockey stick signed by Sam Quek, Olympic Hockey Champion 2016.
  2. The prize includes postage and packing to a uk postal address, overseas winners may be required to pay additional postage charges.
  3. All entries must include a screen shot or screen grab showing votes for Sam Quek via the official ITV ‘I’m a Celebrity’ App
  4. Entries via email or Twitter must be received by us here at Activate by the time Sam leaves the jungle (either the night of her eviction, or hopefully the night she is crowned as “Queen Quek”)
  5. You are free to enter the draw as many times as you like, but each entry via email or Twitter must show a different screen grab of your new votes for Sam
  6. The winner will be drawn at random from all eligible entries and the winner notified within 5 days 

Good luck!

Activate Camps Supports Change4Life

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Activate are proud to announce that we are supporting the Change4Life campaign by becoming a national partner.

With our expansive network of camps across the country we are proud to be able to promote the Change4Life campaign and will be adding to our already amazing camps with new Change4Life activities.

Focusing on the “Get Going” area of the Change4Life campaign we will be introducing fun activities that will get all our camps kids active this summer.

We’ll be getting kids active every day with new games and activities designed to get the heart going, blood pumping and brain active ready for every camp day.

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What is Change4Life?

These days, ’modern life’ can mean that we’re a lot less active. With so many opportunities to watch TV or play computer games, and with so much convenience and fast food available, we don’t move about as much, or eat as well as we used to.

Change4Life encourages adults and children to eat well, move more and become healthier.

As part of Change4Life, you can receive tons of helpful information, recipes, tools, tips, and games for the kids.

Change4Life National Partners

To be successful, Change4Life faces the challenge of getting families to change their lifestyles. Change4Life work with national partners, including commercial brands, government departments and NGOs, to reach far more people than they could alone.

Activate is glad to be one of these partners and we are proud to be able to promote the activities and messages surrounding a healthy and happy lifestyle to kids across the country who join us on our camps.

Join us!

You already know that Activate are going to help your child get active this summer at all of our camps, but would you or your family like to be healthier and happier too? Would you like loads of ideas, recipes and games to help you do this? Then you already know why you should join Change4Life.

Joining is a brilliant first step to get the most out of Change4Life.

To find out more and to start using all the other great activities and helpful hints and tips for a healthier happier you, visit www.nhs.uk/change4life and sign up now.

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Tumbl Trak UK – Proud Supporters of the Louis Smith Gymnastics Academy

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Activate are delighted to have Tumbl Trak UK on board again in 2016 as our suppliers of specialised gym equipment for the Louis Smth Gymnastics Academy.

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Tumbl Trak UK have supplied the academy since it started in 2015 supplying us with a host of equipment including their amazing T-Trainer which helps train skills for vault, tumbling AND bars. Click on the link below to see the T-Trainer in action

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It is fantastic to have the support of Tumbl Trak and to be able to showcase some of the amazing products they have on offer.large_1170

Furthermore Tumbl Trak also provide gymnastics equipment that can be used in the home which means that your childs experience doesn’t have to end when they leave the academy.

Why not take a look and see how you can take gymnastics home with you. Visit www.tumbltrak.co.uk for more details.

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Nature Rockz is Coming

Activate is delighted to announce that we will be launching the fantastic Nature Rockz programme at all of our Gold Medal, and Multi Sport & Activity Camps this Easter.

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Simple pleasures are often the best, and with our Nature Rockz outdoor activities your child can go back to nature and be taught a number of essential nature skills by our trained instructors. They will also learn all about creepy crawlies and the natural beauty in the world that surrounds them.

74974 PMARK [1100x700px] Activate_Haven image 2Activate has joined up with Haven, Britain’s favourite seaside holiday provider, to deliver this exciting new programme and we just can’t wait to get outdoors and join the fun. Every participant will receive a Ranger certificate and plenty of fun nature crafts to take home and share with their family and friends.

This exciting new programme is being delivered as part of our popular camps at no extra cost, however places are limited. So what are you waiting for?

And what’s more, to build on the nature theme, why not take advantage of our Early Bird offer, book before the end of February and you’ll receive an extra 10% off all of our camps.

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If you would like to know a little more about Haven and Nature Rockz click on the image above

Micro Scooters & Activate

SUPER SCOOTER DAYS ARE BACK FOR 2016

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Thanks to our partners, Micro Scooters UK, Activate will be bringing our fantastic Micro Scooter days to camps in 2016. Activate Micro Scooter days are an exciting part of the Multi Sport and Activity and Gold Medal Academy weeks at many of our venues.

All children have the chance to take part in lots of fun scooter activities as well as try out the Micro Scooters on site. Added to this there will be exclusive Micro prizes on the days, as well as offers throughout the year.

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Micro Scooters are the leading children and adult scooter company in the UK.  They have been providing fun filled family moments for thousands of parents, grandparents, toddlers, teenagers and everyone in between, for over a decade.  Their iconic range of scooters are award winning and much revered by children and adults alike. 

For more information visit www.micro-scooters.co.uk  

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EXCLUSIVE ACTIVATE OFFER 

Get yourself a free Micro water bottle worth £6.95 when you buy any scooter from the Micro Scooter UK website.    The offer is available on Aztec and Hearts water bottles and is valid until 1st April 2016. Simply add your chosen scooter and water bottle to your basket and when prompted use code ACTIVATE2016 to get the bottle for free.

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There’s much, much, more to Micro…

For more ways to get involved, don’t forget to visit the Micro Scooters web page where you can get hints and tips for scooter activities, find out how to stay safe with “Scoot Safe”, and learn how you and your school could benefit from becoming a member of the “Scooters for schools” scheme.

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“I need a new….”

Great discounts and extra 10% off too!

We all still remember, and some of us still get, that warm fuzzy feeling of opening a box with a shiny new pair of boots, or unwrapping the cover round a new tennis racket. With the days getting longer and the sun trying to burst through to dry up the rain we are…yes…we are…getting close to the summer!

Not only does the summer bring (hopefully!) sunshine, but it also signals the start of the warmer outdoor sporting season. With the new season comes the need for a new bat, ball, bag, or racket. All parents know what we mean when we hear the drawn out ‘a’ in “Daddy” or ‘u’ in “Mummy” which is closely followed by “I need a new….”

If you want to save then visit our fiends at www.owzat-cricket.co.uk and enter the code OZFLAC10 to receive an extra 10% off your order. All for just being an Activate Sport customer! Not only will you save but you will get great advice and also be able to choose from the best range of equipment and clothing.

Although it hits us parents in the wallet the irony is that we should be buying new gear for the cricket season. “Why?” I hear you scream, well let me explain.

At Activate Sport, and in cricket with our Andrew Flintoff Cricket Academy, we are all about encouraging children to learn and develop new skills and helping them be inspired to have a passion for cricket. Part of this is being able to achieve some success, see improvement in themselves and willingly accept challenges without fear.

So why does this need the new pair of gloves or pads or bat? Quite simply because it will fit! Using last year’s kit was great for last year while it was the right size but now he/she has grown 6 inches they need a bigger size. Using last year’s bat might now look like a toothpick in their hands!

I hear the lightbulbs flashing already – the answer is to buy big this year so it lasts for 2 years! No – I am afraid that is equally debilitating too. Can you imagine wearing shoes that are too big and expecting to run the same 5k time in them than ones that fit? A bat or pads that are too big can be really damaging to a player’s technique and confidence so the real answer is ‘Buy to fit’.

There are plenty of reasons why your son or daughter wants the latest kit or equipment. Their best mate has got a new bat or they really want the same as their hero who is on the poster in the shop. Some kit can be brought out year after year and last longer (for example a bag which most parents end up carrying anyway!) but the message is, for the sake of your child’s cricketing future, buy for now and accept that last year’s bat is now this year’s favourite garden toy.

Of course, with the new expense comes the need to take care of the new kit. Our friends at Owzat Cricket not only offer great discounts but also great advice. Visit them at www.owzat-cricket.co.uk or give them a call on 0800 542 8711 and use the code OZFLAC10 to save 10%. Even better – visit them at their fantastic showroom just off the M1 junction 28 at DE55 2ER.

See Louis Smith at the 2015 Artistics Gymnastics British Championships

DSC_2840-EditWe will be supporting our very own Louis Smith at the 2015 Artistics Gymnastics British Championships at the end of March. It is an important tournament for Louis as the results will determine the team who will go through to compete for GB in the next World Championships in Glasgow.

The event is taking place at Liverpool’s Echo Arena and you can get an exclusive 15% off by being an Activate Sport member! Prices start from just £5.95 and you can get your discount by quoting BGpartner when calling the box office 0844 561 7672 or booking online at www.echoarena.com

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On Friday 27th March will be the rising stars in the Women’s juniors, Men’s Under 16 and 18 competitions. Over the weekend (28th & 29th March) will be Men’s and Women’s seniors who compete on all apparatus for their respective titles. The ‘Road to Rio’ has begun and the battle for places will be fierce.

Places are already filing up quickly on our Louis Smith Gymnastics Academies. For the list of venues and dates please click here

 

New national festival coming to Surrey promises to keep the whole family entertained this summer

goFest-reversedIt’s an unfortunate fact that the UK has a rapidly growing obesity problem affecting adults and children at all ages. As adults, you may find it tricky fitting sport or exercise into a hectic lifestyle. And with a rise in hours spent watching TV, online, and playing computer games, it’s no surprise that children are more active in the cyber world than the real one!

GoFest, the UK’s Family Festival of Sport, Fitness, Dance and Health has been designed specifically to tackle this. Coming to Surrey Sports Park, Guildford on 10-12 July 2015, the festival provides an opportunity to enjoy quality family time over an active and motivating three days of fun, sport, dance and entertainment to make the whole family feel good!

iStock_000008235598_Double50 sports and 25 varieties of dance and fitness classes and a range of various zones means GoFest is the perfect platform to come and have a Go at a range of activities… and you may even find you have a secret talent too!  With all day entertainment, you can soak in the festival vibes and enjoy live dance and music acts in the beautiful Surrey surroundings with your family from the moment you enter, until the moment you leave.

Come and join Activate Sport at GoFest, where we’ll be leading the multi-sport coaching in the GoKids zone with activities including dodgeball, fencing and rounders!

Sound good? GoFest are providing Activate Sport members with an exclusive 10% off ticket sales when you purchase your GoFest tickets before May 31st using promo code GoActivate.  So what are you waiting for? Go to www.gofest.co.uk and give your family something to get excited about!

“A penny for your thoughts” or 15% off your next Activate Sport camp!

letyanoActivate Sport have recently partnered with Letyano, an exciting start-up technology company. Letyano have developed a free downloadable feedback app to enable customers to give feedback in return for a reward. Each feedback survey asks 7 questions and takes less than a minute to complete.

We are constantly looking at ways to improve our camps as well as ensuring that your children get the most out of them.  As we are also passionate about innovation, we have partnered with Letyano to collect feedback from our customers in the quickest and easiest way for you!

Letyano is available on iPhones and Android phones through the App Store or Google Play. Simply search for Letyano, download the small app, answer 7 quick questions and immediately receive a reward of 15% off your next Activate Sport camp, when prompted by your post camp email.

Letyano does not send you lots of annoying emails and your registration information won’t be passed on to anyone else.  Only our Managers at Activate Sport will be able to see your feedback.

Letyano has many partners who are also looking for customer feedback; all of whom provide various rewards in return for your opinion.  So once you’ve completed the Activate Sport survey, the rest are available for you to take advantage of!

We look forward to receiving your feedback on our camps!