News Latest news Plymouth Royal Navy children revel in expanding summer camp A popular sporting holiday camp for children of Royal Navy and Royal Marines families could expand after proving a success in giving youngsters an energetic summer break. The annual summer Kings Camps, returned to Plymouth Naval Base, offering children of Royal Navy families a chance to let off steam with others of similar backgrounds. So popular are the three weeks of football, swimming, lacrosse, basketball, bench ball and art, that this year’s event was expanded by a week and 100 extra children. In future there is ambition to expand the numbers of children even further. About Kings Camps Kings Camps provide holiday sports and activity day camps for children and work closely with the many Royal Naval communities across the UK. The costs are subsidised by The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the King’s Fund. The camps are manned by teachers taking a ‘working’ holiday during the summer recess. Maths Teacher and Kings Camps site Manager for Devonport, Elliot Smith said: “We give the children plenty to keep them active with games and sports. We are teaching them new skills, but they don’t realise they are actually progressing in several activities because we make the games creative and fun. Swimming, for instance, is more than doing repetitive lengths. So, they learn ball control and tackling and eye/hand and feet coordination and teamwork and have enormous fun doing it.’’ He said the camps were full with 70 children per day, but the staff could take more if the health and safety criteria could be met for the extra. Harvey Drake, 13, of Eggbuckland College, and his sister Sydney (correct Sydney) are on their second camp. Harvey, whose father is in the Navy working for the Flag Officer Sea Training organisation, said: “This is my second year. I love it because everyone is so kind. I also learn new skills and it’s great fun and very active. Me and Sydney have both made new friends.’’ Supported by charities Anne Carr, Head of Grants at The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, said: “Kings Camp gives children the chance to enjoy one of the UK’s leading activity camps whilst getting to know other children from Service families. “This opportunity means a lot to the children, especially during the summer holidays, as their parents are often away from home for some, if not a large part, of the year. “We’re delighted the camp is now into its fifth year and hope to bring it back to Devonport and other naval establishments for another in 2017.” As a charitable organisation, Kings Camps focuses on the experience of each child attending camp. With inspiring coaches, children experience a wide range of sports and activities whilst making new friends and developing a love for an active, healthy lifestyle. The camps are for children aged 5 -17 years they are based out of the Wyvern Centre, HMS Drake, Plymouth. The summer camp is fully booked, but there will be dates available during the Easter holiday- dates yet to be confirmed. To book your child’s place call the Kings Camp team on 0114 263 2160.