posted on 13 April 2012

The Wildcats Community Trust are celebrating after another fantastic Easter Camp which saw participation numbers up 25% on last year.

Easter Camp participation increased by 25% on 2011 numbers.

Young people enjoyed four days of either dance or rugby camps at the Thornes Park campus facility at Wakefield College led by the Community Trust team.

As with previous Easter and Summer camps, the Wildcats first team squad were all on hand to join in on one afternoon with some of the games whilst also signing shirts, balls and matchday programmes for the young Wildcats fans.

The week culminated in a show for those on the dance camp and a presentation evening in Cats Bar at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium where each young person received a photo of them all with the team as a memento of their four days on the camp, plus there were awards for the rugby camp ‘Top Cats’ and Outstanding Effort, Outstanding Performer and the Future Wildcat Doll on the dance camp.

The Wildcats first team were part of the Easter Camps

Wildcats Director of Education, Mark Winder was thrilled with the success and the increased number of young people participating.

“It’s a testament to the time and effort the Community Trust  team put into the camps,” he commented.

“I would like to point out that all the money goes directly into the charity that makes a difference to young people in Wakefield.  We are also supported in our camps and other positive activities by Heart Research UK.  In all activities we promote healthy lifestyles and the importance of keeping your heart healthy.

“There is a lot of competition from other profit-making organisations, however the quality of our work is demonstrated through the 25% increase in participation.

“At a time when ensuring young people are physically active in their free time it is fantastic to see such an increase for the Easter camp.

The Dance camps were once again hugely popular.

“It also speaks volumes for the work we do as a Trust in local schools throughout the district that parents and young people alike choose to attend Wildcats camps in their own free time, knowing the quality of coaching and all-round provision for the young people is exceptional.

“The impact of the first team squad all being involved is certainly not to be undervalued either, as these are the people that youngsters aspire to be like, and by raising aspirations we as a Trust and a club can inspire the young people to achieve. Having the whole squad attend is always one of the main highlights for the young people attending and this year was no different.

“I’d like to thank Wakefield College for the use of the excellent facilities once again and look forward to the next camp in the summer holidays.”

Keep checking the Wildcats website for details of the upcoming Summer Camps and be sure to book early to avoid missing out.

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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