Neil Cameron, SportWorks’ Founder and Director, discusses the impact of the Government’s Holiday Activity & Food (HAF) programme in the UK




The Impact of the HAF Programme in the UK 

In a country where no child should go hungry or miss out on wellbeing activiites, the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme has emerged as a hugely successful campaign, of which the SportWorks team are proud to be a key delivery partner. 

HAF is designed to tackle food insecurity and promote the well-being of vulnerable children during school holidays.  In this blog, I will explore the profound influence of the programme and how it is shaping a brighter, healthier future for our children. 

Addressing Food Insecurity: 

Food insecurity remains a pressing issue affecting countless families, especially during school holidays when access to free school meals is lost. The HAF programme aims to bridge this gap by providing nutritious meals and snacks to children, ensuring they receive the sustenance they need to thrive. By alleviating hunger, the programme empowers children to focus on personal development, learning, physical activity and wellbeing during the holidays. 

Promoting Well-being and Health: 

The HAF programme recognises that nourishment extends beyond food. It strives to enhance the overall well-being and health of participating children. Alongside nutritious meals, the programme offers a range of engaging activities such as sports, arts, and educational workshops. These activities not only provide valuable opportunities for physical exercise and creative expression but also foster social interaction, confidence building, and personal growth. 

Empowering Communities: 

One of the most remarkable aspects of SportWorks’ own HAF programme is its community-driven approach. Local authorities, schools, voluntary organisations, and partners collaborate to deliver the programme, tailoring it to the specific needs of local communities. This collaborative effort strengthens community ties, empowers local organisations, and ensures that the HAF programme reaches those who need it most. By engaging families, volunteers, and local businesses, the programme creates a sense of shared responsibility and collective action. 

Learning and Skill Development: 

The HAF programme recognises the importance of continuous learning and skill development, even outside a traditional classroom setting. Through a diverse range of activities and workshops, children have the opportunity to explore new interests, acquire skills, and expand their horizons. Whether it’s learning to cook nutritious meals, engaging in sporting tournaments, or discovering their artistic talents, the programme nurtures a love for learning and personal development. 

Long-Term Impact: 

The impact of the HAF programme extends far beyond the duration of school holidays. By providing a supportive environment, nourishment, and access to enriching activities, the programme aims to break the cycle of poverty and disadvantage. HAF instils confidence, self-esteem, and resilience in children, empowering them to strive for a brighter future. Moreover, our family-oriented programme fosters stronger relationships between parents, schools, and community organisations, establishing a network of support that can have lasting positive effects on children’s lives. 

The SportWorks team delivered HAF programmes in over 35 Local Authority areas during summer 2023, supporting over 4,000 families. 

For further information please do get in touch!  

Written by

Yemi Ayeni





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