Hundreds more children and young people are set to be supported over the summer holidays thanks to a funding award from The Linbury Trust.

The Linbury Trust have awarded StreetGames £80,000 over two years, to address holiday hunger and encourage fun physical activity and team sports amongst disadvantaged children and young people in London, the North- East, Wales and Yorkshire, starting in the 2021 summer school holidays.

The cash will support StreetGames’ pioneering Fit and Fed programme, developed to provide healthy, nutritious food and fun activities to children and young people outside of term time. First launched in 2017, the programme has continued to grow rapidly, with more than 90,000 meals served to date.

The funds awarded by The Linbury Trust, combined with a further grant from Pears Foundation, will support the delivery of Fit & Fed in 24 local community organisations across Croydon, Flintshire (Wales), Sheffield and Sunderland, during the 2021 summer school holidays. In total, more than 800 children will feel the benefit of a summer of food, fun and physical activity.

Mark Lawrie, StreetGames Chief Executive, said:

“Our Fit and Fed programme has made real positive change in the lives of thousands of young people, and in the current climate that support is more important than ever.

We’re incredibly grateful to The Linbury Trust for their support. This funding will make a huge difference to what we can achieve and will ensure that the brilliant community groups that make up our network can continue doing what they do best – supporting children and young people in the neighbourhoods they serve.”

Stuart Hobley, Director of The Linbury Trust said:

“We’re really pleased to be supporting this programme that supports young people and not only tackles holiday hunger, but gives children opportunity through engaging and cooperative activities.

The grant will also help the local network of volunteers and partners with training in food and nutrition adding further to the impact on local people, and the work of StreetGames.”