Plymouth-based sailors welcomed over 100 children for a sports summer camp subsidised by The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

Devonport Naval Base held a Kings Camp at the base sports centre where children of Naval families enjoyed various sports over two camps in two weeks.

The children enjoyed playing basketball, lacrosse and dodge ball as well as learning important skills such as swimming lifeguard training.  The camp aimed to strengthen team work skills by putting them into groups to compete for an overall winner over the week.

Photo: Kings Camp children with Cdre Ian Shipperley back row second from left

Positive experiences all round

Petty Officer Gemma Flowers’ two children attended the camp. She said: “This is the first year I have sent my children Thomas (10), and Oliver (5) to Kings Camp. Their experiences have been nothing but positive, and have come home raving about it every night. The staff have been wonderful and have really helped my youngest, who is very quiet around big groups, really come out of his shell.”

She added: “As any working parents will know, trying to juggle leave and child care during the school holidays is always a challenge, but, together with the  funding from RNRMC, Kings Camp is not only a great experience for the children, but affordable for parents to."

The Kings Camp is co-funded by The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).

Anne Carr, Head of Grants at the RNRMC, said: “It’s been brilliant getting behind another Kings Camp this summer. What started off as a fun outdoors opportunity for Naval Service children has grown into a popular annual event, giving mum and dad some much needed time together whilst keeping the kids entertained over summer leave.”

She added: “We’re delighted that Royal Navy and Royal Marines families from Plymouth and Lympstone are benefiting from the subsidies we’ve managed to get from the Kings Foundation – and hopefully can bring the same quality of summer camp again next year.”

HM Naval Base Devonport looks to increase the number of camps next year due to the amount of interest and positive feedback.

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