Easter Holiday Camp Review Blog!

 

We had an extremely busy but enjoyable time at our FootieBugs and DanceBugs Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull this Easter- making sure children kept active throughout the holidays through fun football and dance games and activities!

 

The FootieBugs football Holiday Camp Solihull had two weeks jam-packed full of fun football mini-games and matches, with over 30 children attending each day! Children developed their core football skills, focusing on different abilities each day to work on and improve their overall ability. They then had the chance to demonstrate these newly developed skills in their favourite mini-games, such as: the crossbar challenge, penalty shoot out and many more! On both Fridays, children were split into teams as part of our competition day – where there were fantastic trophies and prizes up for grabs, while all children took home a FootieBugs superstar certificate and medal.

 

Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull

The DanceBugs dance Holiday Camp Solihull had a different theme during both weeks, based around a Disney classic! The theme during the first week of the camp was The Lion King, where children learned lots of different dance and acrobatic moves and routines, before relating them to The Lion King story. Week two’s theme was Moana – teaching children a completely different type of dance and movements, whilst focusing on the story and opening the tafiti secret! At the end of each week, children performed the routine they had created and developed to their parents in a fabulous showcase! Everyone was then awarded a special DanceBugs Superstar certificate and rosette for their excellent work throughout the camp!

 

Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull

The Bugs Group’s Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull will be returning for the May half-term next month, with four days full of fun sports and activities! As the camp will be a just a few weeks before the start of the FIFA World Cup in Russia, our FootieBugs Camp will be themed around the World Cup! Stay tuned to our website and social media pages for more updates on what activities will be at the camp, as well as the themes for our DanceBugs and MultiBugs Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull!

 

For more information on our Holiday Camps in Solihull – please either call 0121 777 7792 or click below.

 

The Bugs Group's Holiday Camps in Solihull

Will the Sugar Tax help reduce childhood obesity rates?

 

The Sugar Tax was finally introduced into the UK last week, two years after it was announced. The tax is expected to raise approximately £240 million per year – which will be invested back into schools sports and breakfast clubs.

 

The sugar levy will increase the price per litre of drinks that have sugar content over a certain threshold. Drinks that contain over 5g of sugar per 100ml will see an increase in price of 18p per litre, while those containing more than 8g per 100 ml could increase by 24p per litre. The tax comes as a major attempt from the government to reduce the public’s sugar consumption levels and therefore tackling worrying obesity levels.

 

Sugar Tax Introduced in the UK

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Public Health England recommended that the maximum daily sugar intake for children aged between seven to ten is six cubes. Putting this into perspective, just one regular 330ml can of cola contains nine cubes of sugar, which already surpasses the maximum recommended intake. High sugar consumption is an extremely large contributing factor to 58% of women and 68% of men being classed as overweight (Telegraph) and more shockingly, one in three children leaving primary school at 11 either overweight or obese.

 

Obesity can have a number of serious health implications, including some life-threatening conditions. These could include an increased chance of developing diabetes, certain types of cancer, strokes or coronary heart diseases. As well as physical health implications – there are also potential mental health issues as a result of obesity, including low self-esteem or depression (NHS).

 

There have been both positive and negative reactions from soft drinks companies in reaction to the tax. For example, it is believed that half of all drinks have seen a reduction in sugar content before the tax was introduced – including large companies such as Fanta, Lucozade and Ribena. However, not all companies have made recipe changes, with Pepsi and Coca-Cola’s sugar content remaining at 11g and 10.6g per 100ml respectively (BBC).

 

While the Sugar Tax is definitely a big step in addressing the nation’s health issues, it has to be followed up with other initiatives, targeted at further increasing activity levels and reducing sugars in foods such as cakes, biscuits or cereal. Currently, children are still getting too many calories from unhealthy snacks and not reaching their targeted activity levels.

 

The Bugs Group believe that continuing the work that the Sugar Tax has started and by introducing similar procedures to food products will help to raise more funds to be invested back into school’s PE and Sport Premium Funding and further educating young people and their parents on the importance of exercise. While the results of the Sugar Tax may not be known for a few months, we hope to see the number of sugar drinks being consumed reduce and both childhood and national obesity figures to decrease.

 

The Bugs Group run fun and engaging school sports classes, community classes and holiday camps across the UK. We aim to give all children a positive experience of exercise and sport – helping them to continue to remain active as they grow older. If you would like any more information about our programmes, please click here to view our website or call us on 0121 777 7792.

The Bugs Group’s Active Schools Initiative!

 

The Bugs Group’s Active Schools Initiative is coming to schools across Birmingham this Summer!

 

Recent figures from the Youth Sport Trust revealed that one in three children leaving primary school are obese and that one in ten children per classroom will experience a mental health issue throughout primary school. These shocking stats have helped us to create our Active Schools Initiative – aiming to help get schoolchildren in Birmingham more physically active to help improve their physical and mental wellbeing!

 

There is a need for change specifically in the Birmingham area, as 6% of children can be classed as ‘severely obese’. This figure is also nearly 2% more than the national average – which is why Birmingham schools will be offered a free 30 minute sports session!

 

The Bugs Group's Active Schools Initiative

A survey from Public Health England looking at the effects of physical activity on children’s emotional wellbeing found that being active made children between the ages of 5 and 11 feel:
  • happier (79%)
  • more sociable (74%)
  • more confident (72%)
On top of this, 93% of children said that they enjoyed being active!

 

While the physical benefits of sport and exercise are well known (reduces risk of obesity and other health issues), exercise also has a number of benefits on mental health. Exercise can improve children’s wellbeing, as they increase their self-esteem and confidence levels, whilst also reducing their stress levels through the release of endorphins.

 

The Bugs Group are already working with lots of schools within Birmingham, Solihull and other surrounding areas, running Sport Development Programmes as part of both school curriculum and extra-curricular time. Our unique sessions combine sport with children’s imagination around stories or different themes to actively engage all children in physical activity.

 

The Active Schools Initiative was designed to help reach more schoolchildren and provide them with an extra sports session to give them a positive and enjoyable experience of sport. By having a positive experience of sport at a young age, children are more likely to stay active and healthy – increasingly important given that the number of children achieving the government recommended 60 minutes of physical activity per day drops by 40% as they progress through primary school.

 

If you would like to find out more about The Bugs Group’s Active Schools Initiative, or any of our programmes/classes, please visit our website below.

More Info on The Bugs Group's Active Schools Initiative

Children’s Activity Levels are Reducing – How The Bugs Group’s Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull are Fighting the Trend.

 

More and more children are becoming inactive in the UK due to the development of technology. Children are now spending more time on their phones, in front of television screens or on their tablets rather than getting outside and being physically active. This is echoed by a staggering 87% of parents – who believe that technology has directly contributed to the decline in children’s exercise levels. (UK Active)

 

Public Health England report that when children aged 5-11 are physically active, 79% are more likely to feel happier, with 74% feeling more sociable and 72% feeling more confident. So why do children choose a games console over playing sport with their friends, when 93% of children said they like being active?

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Children may view school holidays as a time to switch off or relax, but without the two hours of curriculum PE guaranteed during school time – how will children get active? Sadly, the answer to this is that the majority will not. Only 23% of boys and 20% of girls actually meet the recommended levels of physical activity a day.

 

The Bugs Group are calling for a change and these trends to be reversed! There are many benefits to children for getting physically active and exercising. Not only are children that regularly exercise less likely to become overweight, they are also more likely to develop their confidence and improve their overall mental health and wellbeing.

 

Through FootieBugs, DanceBugs, YogaBugs and MultiBugs, The Bugs Group provide children with fun and engaging sports sessions. Our sessions help get children active and give them positive experiences of sport at a young age – making them more likely to continue to stay physically active and participate in sport!

 

The Bugs Group also run Holiday Camps during all school holidays – giving children the opportunity to get off the sofa, put their phones away and get active! Our FootieBugs, DanceBugs and MultiBugs Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull combine children’s favourite sporting activities with fun mini-games and matches/performances – with different themes every half-term!

 

The Holiday Camps run from 9:30am-3:30pm, making sure that children can not only reach, but surpass their recommended minimum daily activity levels as part of a healthy, balanced and active lifestyle!

 

Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull

Prices start at just £9 per day for new customers at our Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull – for more information about our camps or any of The Bugs Group’s classes, please call 0121 777 7792 or click here.

World Autism Awareness Week 2018

 

This week (commencing Monday the 26th of March) is World Autism Awareness Week. The purpose of the week is to help raise the overall awareness surrounding autism, so that more people can gain a greater understanding of autism.

 

Information on Autism

 

Over 1% of the total UK population are on the autistic spectrum, which means autism has a daily effect on 2.8 million people’s lives, when including families. People living with autism or that can be affected by autism are at a greater risk of developing mental health issues through feeling isolated.
The National Autistic Society (who are fundraising from World Autism Awareness Week) have released some statistics on children that are on the autism spectrum:
  • 34% of children on the autism spectrum say that the worst thing about being at school is being picked on.
  • 63% of children on the autism spectrum are not in the kind of school their parents believe would best support them.
  • 17% of autistic children have been suspended from school, 48% of these had been suspended three or more times and 4% had been expelled from one or more schools.
(National Autistic Society)
These alarming stats show that there is a need not only for more awareness or autism, but to support those that are on the spectrum, especially more vulnerable young children.

 

How Yoga can help children with Autism

 

Yoga is a physical activity that is not only non-competitive, but is also all-inclusive – meaning children can develop at their own pace and not feel ‘pressured’ to win or progress quickly. By combining simple yoga postures with breathing exercises and relaxation techniques, a foundation can be built for autistic children to help grow and thrive.
This combination of breathing and relaxation allows children to focus their mind and the movements of their body, improving their mobility, memory and communication skills. Research Autism also believe that yoga can be a useful way to help autistic children improve their behaviour and social skills, as they begin to imitate others.

 

The work YogaBugs are doing

 

Through working in hundreds of schools and running community classes across the UK, YogaBugs are getting lots of autistic children physically active and aiming to help provide them with greater support. YogaBugs sessions differ from regular yoga sessions, as children do not just learn poses, but follow stories and adventures to become more engaged. Autistic children enjoy routines, familiarity and stability – so following structured stories can help them understand sessions easier.
Children with autism may feel extreme anxiety and stress for a number of reasons during school. YogaBugs sessions help children to relieve this stress and anxiety, whilst boosting their confidence and self-esteem levels – which in turn helps to reduce their behaviour levels. Children will gain a sense of belonging within their class through joining in the same activity together and by following stories, help focus on their listening and social skills/interactions.

World Autism Awareness Week 2018

For more information on YogaBugs’ work within schools or community classes, please visit our website here. World Autism Awareness Week is focused on raising awareness of autism, so that more and more people can help support and understand those with autism. This is especially important within schools to help reduce bullying. Please visit the National Autistic Society to find out more information and how you can get involved.

The Bugs Group’s Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull for the Easter Holidays!

 

We’re getting very Egg-cited for The Bugs Group’s upcoming Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull for the Easter half-term! We have two weeks full of ‘cracking’ sports and fun activities in store for children, keeping them healthy and active to burn off those Easter Eggs!

 

The Bugs Group's Easter Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull

Both of our upcoming Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull are held at the Solihull Sixth Form College from 9:30am to 3:30pm, with extended hours available from 8:30am to 5:30pm. Prices at both camps start from just £9 per day for new customers and from £13 for existing customers!

 

Bring a Friend Scheme

 

We are delighted to announce the return of our Bring a Friend Scheme! The scheme returns and rewards YOU for recommending your friends to The Bugs Group’s Holiday Camps! Simply recommend a friend and if they book onto a day at the camp, you will receive another day at half price! Please call 0121 777 7792 for more information, T&C’s apply.

The Bugs Group's Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull - Bring a Friend Scheme

FootieBugs

 

The FootieBugs Holiday Camp offers two weeks full of fun football games and activities that will develop children’s core football skills, as well as fun Easter themed activities! Kids will enjoy their favourite games like the crossbar challenge and penalty shootouts alongside Easter Egg hunts and Smash the Easter Egg Target Challenge! As always, the Fridays at the camp are competition days with lots of prizes and trophies on offer for the team that collects the most points from their mini-games and matches! All children will also receive a well done certificate for attending the competition day.

FootieBugs Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull

DanceBugs

 

The DanceBugs Holiday Camp combines a range of different dance styles, moves and routines around two of children’s favourite Disney themes… The Lion King and Moana! Kids will explore movements and learn about styles including: freestyle, ballet, acrobatics, cheerleading and many more! On the Fridays at the camp, all children will perform the routine they have been working on to their parents in the end of the week showcase. The performance will be followed by a special rewards ceremony presentation, with all children receiving a DanceBugs certificate and rosette. There will also be a visit from the DanceBugs Bunny, who will take children on an Easter Egg hunt!

DanceBugs Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull

With less than two weeks to go until The Bugs Group’s Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull begin, places are filling up fast at both camps! To ensure your child’s place at either camp, please either call 0121 777 7792 or click here to book.

The Bugs Group’s Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull this Easter!

Due to the short half-term, there are now just over three weeks until The Bugs Group’s Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull begin! Our FootieBugs, DanceBugs and MultiBugs camps will be running for nine days, from the 3rd to the 13th of April, providing fun sports and games with lots of special Easter themed activities!

The FootieBugs Kids Holiday Camp in Solihull is focused on not only improving children’s core football skills, but also making sure they remain active and above all, have fun! As it is a special Easter Holiday Camp, some of the children’s favourite football mini-games will have fun Easter twists, including smash the Easter Egg target challenge, football Easter Egg hunt and many more! Both Fridays at the camp will be competition day, where children will compete in teams and matches to win prizes and trophies! All children that attend the camp on competition day will receive a special FootieBugs well done certificate, making everyone feel like a football superstar!

FootieBugs Kids Holiday Camp in Solihull

 

Running at the same venue of the Solihull Sixth Form, the DanceBugs Kids Holiday Camp in Solihull offers a range of dance moves and routines around two of children’s favourite Disney Movies! Week one of the camp will be focused on the Lion King – with children exploring and working on physical theatre as they learn how to move as a lion. Kids will also use acrobatics skills and movements focusing on different levels and dynamics. The focus of the second week will be on Disney’s Moana! The week will be jam-packed with lots of fun games, acrobatics skills and treasure hunts to find the key to open the Tafiti Secret! Children will also learn lots of different dance styles, including; freestyle, acrobatics, cheerleading, ballet, lyrical and street. Both Fridays at the camp will feature the showcase performance to parents, as well as an Easter Egg hunt with the DanceBugs Bunny!

DanceBugs Kids Holiday Camp in Solihull

Finally, the MultiBugs Kids Holiday Camp in Solihull offers a wide variety of different sports, activities and games – with over 30 being played each week! Children will not only learn about different skills, improving their ability and fitness, but will also have lots of fun through exciting mini-games! Some of the sports that will be played at the camp include children’s favourites such as football, athletics and tennis, as well sports they may not have played before including; badminton, hockey and basketball! Similarly to the FootieBugs Holiday Camp, both Fridays are special Competition Days, where children will compete to earn points for their teams to try and win prizes and trophies!

MultiBugs Kids Holiday Camp in Solihull

Prices start from just £9 per day for new customers and £13 per day for existing customers with Earlybird discount (available until 13/03/18). To book your child’s place at any of The Bugs Group’s Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull, please call 0121 777 7792 or click here.

25 Free Places at The FootieBugs Academy for Disadvantaged Children

 

After the recent trio of FootieBugs Academy stars were signed by local professional clubs, FootieBugs are now offering 25 free places at their Academy for disadvantaged children across the area, who may have the talent to reach the next level.

 

Six year olds Edward Smith and Ashton Gunning have been signed by Birmingham City, whereas nine year old Ruby Mullins has signed for local rivals Aston Villa – taking the total number of FootieBugs Academy players being placed in Professional Academies over 15 in just over a year!

 

The FootieBugs AcademyThe FootieBugs AcademyThe FootieBugs Academy

FootieBugs Academy Director and former Birmingham City player Ash was delighted to see three more academy players signing for local professional clubs – and predicted that more players could follow in their footsteps.

 

“The levels they have shown are being rivalled by the other players at the Academy, so I’m sure there will be more signings to come very soon.”

 

The trio were all scouted by a number of local clubs after impressing during the scout’s regular visits to the academy, where sessions are focused on getting children ‘one step closer to professional‘, by acting as the perfect stepping stone for young children who dream of playing the game at the highest level.

 

With the new pledge to offer 25 free places to disadvantaged families in the West Midlands, talented youngsters across the area will now have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and have expert coaching to improve their technical and tactical abilities, with the opportunity of being scouted and signed.

 

Some of the coaches at the academy include Ashley Sammons and Mitch Hancox, both former Birmingham City players, and Callum Flanagan and Connor Mooney, former Aston Villa players. All coaches are fully qualified to FA and UEFA B levels and combine their playing and coaching experiences with teaching ‘the FootieBugs way’.

 

Through an exclusive partnership with Birmingham City Football Club, the FootieBugs Academy are the only local youth academy in the area feeding directly into Birmingham City’s Academy.

 

 

The FootieBugs Academy offers a free trial to all children – to book your child’s free trial please either visit http://www.footiebugs.com/footiebugs-academy or call 0121 777 7792.

 

DanceBugs’ New Dance Classes in Solihull!

 

DanceBugs are delighted to announce that we are opening up four new Dance Classes in Solihull on Saturday Mornings!

 

Running from 9am to 11am every week, DanceBugs will be running four half an hour classes, all with a focus on different styles of dance. The four styles that will be taught in the classes are: Ballet, Tappers, Acrobatics and Freestyle! All of the new DanceBugs Dance Classes in Solihull run for boys and girls aged 2.5 to 6 years old! All of our classes run in line with the International Dance Teacher’s Association, of which DanceBugs manager Charlotte is a full member (Number 30525)!

DanceBugs Dance Classes in Solihull

Our Baby Ballet classes make learning to dance a fun, friendly and magical experience for children! Children will learn different ballet skills, exercises and routines. Our sessions not only improve dance ability, but also increase confidence through our caring and supportive environment where all abilities are welcome! Our Baby Ballet classes are taught through stories and adventures, with teachers encouraging children to use their own imagination to explore, have fun and make new friends along the way!

 

The Tiny Tappers class introduces children to a tap dance! Classes will begin with a fun and energetic warm-up, before leading into different tap techniques and steps. As children begin to develop their tap skills, they will learn specific routines based on their favourite Disney songs or stories. At the end of each term, the Tiny Tappers will perform their routine in a special showcase to their parents! Performances are always lots of fun and will be followed by  a rewards ceremony.

 

Designed to develop children’s agility, balance, co-ordination and gross motor skills, the Adorable Acrobatics class uses different acrobatics equipment to create amazing movements! Some of the Acrobatic skills children may learn include: forward rolls, cartwheels, bridges, handstands, headstands and many more! The classes are structured to also increase children’s confidence and self-esteem levels as they progress into harder acrobatic skills and challenge themselves. Our teachers are all specially trained and ensure that all skills are learnt in a safe and caring environment.

 

Finally, our Funky Freestyle classes are exciting, trendy and fun-filled, where children are encouraged to express themselves through movement. Our Funky Freestylers will learn the natural instinct to boogie and have fun with our energetic classes that make the body want to move! There are also a number of opportunities for children to take part in special performances throughout the year and show off their amazing moves on the big stage!

 

We can’t wait for all our new dance classes in Solihull to start – you can book your child onto a free taster session for any of our classes by calling 0121 777 7792 or click here!

The Bugs Group’s February Half-Term Holiday Camps Review!

 

During the February half-term break we had a fantastic time running our Children’s Holiday Camps in Solihull – making sure Solihull children had an active and fun time during their school holidays!

 

It was great to see so many new faces at our camps during February, as well as all returning children! We review all the action from our FootieBugs, DanceBugs and MultiBugs camps below.

Children's Holiday Camps in Solihull

At the FootieBugs Holiday Camp, there were some tremendous skills on show from all the football superstars that attended! Through a combination of fun games and mini-circuit sessions, children focused on improving their skills, whilst trying to win their favourite games such as the crossbar challenge and penalty shoot out! On Friday, children were put into teams and tried to win points during more fun mini-games and small sided matches, with the winning team earning brilliant trophies and all children taking home a FootieBugs superstar certificate!

 

Held at the same venue of the Solihull Sixth form was the DanceBugs Holiday Camp. The Dance camp was a fun filled, exciting week that combined acrobatics, dance, physical theatre and cheerleading! Children worked within small groups and teams making new friends, building confidence and learning brand new skills! The camp was based on show time, allowing children to show what they had learnt during the week, including Maya, who mastered her cartwheel on just day two of the camp! Please see our Facebook page for lots of pictures from the holiday camp!

Children's Holiday Camps in Solihull

The MultiBugs Holiday Camp was held at Tudor Grange Secondary Academy and offered the perfect variety of sports for children! With over 30 different sports, games and activities throughout the week, all kids enjoyed the wide range on offer! This allowed them to play some of their favourite sports as well as experiencing new ones they may not have tried before! Similarly to the FootieBugs Camp, the Friday was also competition day, where there were more great prizes and trophies given to the winning team!

 

Also attending the MultiBugs Holiday Camp were our two new Junior Coaches! The Junior Coach Programmes run at all of our Children’s Holiday Camps in Solihull, offering boys and girls aged 12-16 the chance to gain valuable coaching experience by working with our fully qualified and trained coaches! Both Junior Coaches helped run sessions throughout the week, whilst completing their coaching workbook and progressing through the five levels of the programme. To find out more about the Junior Coach Programme, which is available at any of our camps, please click here.

 

With less than five weeks until Easter, places are already available to book at our Easter camps! Earlybird prices are available until Tuesday the 13th of March at 5pm. To book onto any of our Children’s Holiday Camps in Solihull please call 0121 777 7792 or click the button below.

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