DanceBugs Christmas Holiday Camp in Solihull!


There is just over a month until the DanceBugs Christmas Holiday Camp returns to Solihull – and DanceBugs have three days of fantastic Christmas and Dance activities to keep children entertained and active in the build up to Christmas!


Our DanceBugs Christmas Holiday Camp Solihull allows children to get creative with their movements and explore their imaginations through different styles of dance, including; freestyle, ballet and even acrobatics!


Children will not only be involved in dancing, but also singing, acting and creating their own special Christmas show which will be performed to parents on the Friday of the camp! All children will take home a DanceBugs certificate and rosette after the performance, making them feel like the stars of the show!

DanceBugs Christmas Holiday Camp Solihull

In addition to these activities, there will be amazing Christmas themed games, a chance to dress up in Christmas outfits, as well as an exciting Christmas hunt!


Some of the games will include; musical elf statues, Rudolph’s travel, the toy factory and also creating special DanceBugs Christmas cards to take home! The Christmas Hunt will see the children following Santa’s trail of mince pies and carrots, to find clues that will lead them to their own Christmas prize!


DanceBugs Christmas Holiday Camp Solihull


The DanceBugs Christmas Holiday Camp Solihull is running on the 20th, 21st and 22nd of December at the Solihull Sixth Form (B91 3WR), meaning parents have the opportunity to do some last minute Christmas shopping at Touchwood Solihull which is just a short drive away. The FootieBugs Christmas Holiday Camp Solihull is also running at the Solihull Sixth Form, meaning it is perfect for siblings who may wish to do separate activities during the Christmas build up!


Early Bird discount runs out on Wednesday the 29th of November at 5pm, meaning there is not long to secure your child’s place on the camp from a discounted price starting at £13 per day! To book onto the DanceBugs Christmas Holiday Camp Solihull, please either call 0121 777 7792 or click the button below!


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School’s Sport Premium Funding Confirmed to Double to £320 million!


It has finally been confirmed that the Sport Premium Funding made available to schools has doubled from £160 million to £320 million!


Following the announcement in 2016 that the funding will double due to the new ‘Sugar Tax’ levy, the funding has now been allocated to schools to invest in creating a positive impact on children’s lives.


Schools now have a responsibility to help create a lasting legacy by providing the highest level of physical activity and sport possible using their Sport Premium Funding. With the NHS reporting children’s obesity levels rising to one in five when starting school, and one in three when leaving Primary School, it is crucial that these figures are massively reduced to combat health issues in school children.


The Bugs Group would like to echo the thoughts of ukactive in making sure that we use this once in a lifetime opportunity to turn the tide of generation inactive.


Responding to the news that the Primary PE and Sport Premium will be doubled, The Bugs Group’s CEO Mark Goode said: “This near half-billion pound boost to children’s activity is a fantastic opportunity to provide a fitter future for our children.”


Schools now have the funds to really help every child achieve the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day, something that is wholly supported by The Bugs Group. This can be through children playing sport, building activity into lessons or break times and even encouraging children to get active during holidays and at home. I truly believe this is our chance to turn the tide on ‘generation inactive’ and get them fit for the future.”


The Department for Education have produced five key indicators for schools on areas that could be improved, along with some guidelines on how to use the funding.


The Bugs Group work with hundreds of schools across the country running Sport Development Programmes, aiming to not only improve children’s activity levels and physical literacy, but also their emotional aspects such as confidence and social skills.


The unique way of combining sport with storytelling and imagination allows children to become engaged in sessions and learn through play. This means that school children are given positive experiences of sport and physical activity at an early age, therefore increasing their chances of continuing to remain active as they grow older.


Now is the time to try and reverse the trend of inactivity within children, as there may never be a better opportunity with the increased Sport Premium Funding and resources available to schools. The priority must be to ensure children reach the recommended 60 minutes of exercise a day, or even to surpass this figure to create a healthy and active generation.

To find out more about The Bugs Group’s programmes within  Schools please click here. Alternatively, if you would like to contact us, please either call 0121 777 7792 or click here.


Sport Premium Funding Doubles

FootieBugs Halloween Holiday Camp Review!


There were plenty of ‘thrills’ as well as the usual skills on show at the FootieBugs Halloween Holiday Camp! Children enjoyed lots of fun Halloween themed activities alongside their favourite football skill games and matches!


With October the 31st just around the corner, the FootieBugs Holiday Camp in Solihull ensured that all kids would be in the ‘spooky spirit’ by the time Halloween arrived.


Running at the Solihull Sixth Form (B91 3WR) from 9:30am-15:30pm (with extended hours available, the camp featured a special sweet hunt, a scary fancy dress competition and also a Halloween Competition Day! Check out some of the fantastic fancy dress costumes below!

As well as the fun Halloween activities, children also enjoyed using FootieBugs’ new crazy catch equipment! The crazy catch was used to help children improve their volley and shooting technique! Points were collected throughout the weeks activities which counted towards the Friday’s competition day, where all kids went home with certificates and the winning team took home fantastic FootieBugs trophies!


The FootieBugs coaches also gave one of the children’s favourite football games, the crossbar challenge, a try in their coach competition! Click here to watch Coach Connor’s attempt!


We would like to thank all those who attended the Holiday Camp and we hope to see you at our next camp!

The next FootieBugs Holiday Camp in Solihull will be our Christmas Camp! Children will enjoy their favourite football games along with some special Christmas themed fun! Running at the same venue of the Solihull Sixth Form from the 20th to the 22nd of December, it’s never too early to book on!


The Early Bird discount is available until 5pm on Tuesday the 28th of November. To secure your child’s place on the camp, please either call 0121 777 7792 or book via our website using the button below.


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Sugar Awareness Week 2017!


This week is Sugar Awareness Week – a week aimed at increasing awareness of the different types of sugars, the dangers of high sugar consumption and possible dietary changes.


Sugar is one of the major contributors to an unhealthy diet and obesity levels. It can be particularly concerning within children’s diets, as it can be easy for kids to regularly exceed their recommended daily consumption levels.


A high-sugar diet can lead to an increase of fat and therefore weight gain, which can also contribute to serious health issues such as type 2 diabetes and heart diseases.


Through sweets, chocolate bars, fizzy drinks and even fruit juices, there are high sugar levels hidden in lots of children’s favourite food and drink. How many of these sugar offenders are you aware of? (Image from



With recent stats from the NHS showing that over one in five children starting reception are either overweight or obese, it is clear that changes must be enforced. The government announced last year the introduction of a sugar tax on some drinks, however this will only reduce the sugar by certain amounts. It is therefore up to parents to make sure their children don’t exceed the recommended amount of sugar per day.


The Bugs Group’s partner, Change 4 Life, have created some recommendations or possible swaps that can be made to the food and drink that children consume. Sugary breakfast cereals are one of the worst offenders for high sugar content, so it is recommended to swap out the breakfast cereal and to replace it with a plain cereal or porridge.


Some of children’s favourite snacks such as biscuits and chocolate bars are also high in sugars and should be replaced with fresh fruit, which contain natural sugars, vitamins and minerals. One final simple change is swapping fizzy drinks for water. We all know how harmful sugary drinks can be, so swapping for water that contains no sugar and will keep children hydrated should be a no-brainer.


One of the core aims of The Bugs Group is to not only help get children more active, but also to educate them on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and diet. Through the themes within sessions, children learn about aspects such as healthy eating, as well as ways fun ways to keep active.


The Bugs Group Nutrition - Sugar Awareness Week


Although Sugar Awareness Week only lasts for one week, sugar consumption must always remain a consideration throughout the year, especially for parents. By making simple changes and monitoring the consumption of sugar, the risk of major health implications such as obesity and diabetes can be drastically reduced.

The FootieBugs Academy – Dad’s Day Tournament at Birmingham City’s Training Ground!


On Sunday the 15th October, it was a case of roles reversed for those connected to The FootieBugs Academy Solihull. After taking their kids to West Warwicks Sports Centre every Thursday or Friday week in and week out to train with the FootieBugs Academy, it was time for the parents to blow the dust off their boots and play in the first ever FootieBugs Academy Solihull Dad’s Day Tournament!


FootieBugs Academy Solihull

Held at Wast Hills, Birmingham City Football Club‘s training ground, the Dad’s joined up with our FootieBugs Coaches to form 9 a-side teams! Following the tournament, Academy Director Ashley gave a presentation on the future of the Academy and the ways that the Academy will get children ‘one step closer to becoming professional’, through detailed player profiles.


With the four teams (Xavi Dodgers FC, Inter The Pub FC, AC Me Rollin’ FC and About To Get Messi FC) ready for action, play was underway. Using the incredible ‘Dome’ and outdoor 4G facilities at the training ground, the teams battled it out in a round robin tournament format. During the games, Academy children could enjoy a bouncy castle, face painting, food stalls, watching their dads in action or take in the fantastic training ground complex, giving them a taster of what could be in store in the future for them!


FootieBugs Academy Solihull

Since the Academy launched in 2016, FootieBugs is a sole company that Birmingham City have agreed to officially partner with. This means that the FootieBugs Academy Solihull is the exclusive provider of talent for the BCFC Academy. A large proportion of the 15 players to be signed from the FootieBugs Academy in the last year have joined the Birmingham Academy. We would like to say a big thank you to Birmingham City for giving everyone the opportunity to attend the Dad’s Day Tournament at their training ground! We are also very excited to continue our partnership with them and are sure with new and detailed player profiles even more of our players will become regular visitors to Wast Hills!


On the pitch, there were some extremely tightly contested matches (barring one 8-0 thrashing), where Xavi Dodgers FC and About To Get Messi FC managed to progress into the final. It was a fantastic start from About To Get Messi, as they stormed into a 2-0 lead and looked to have one hand on the trophy. However, a stunning comeback from Xavi Dodgers saw 3 goals on the bounce before the final whistle, snatching an unlikely victory!


FootieBugs Academy Solihull

Following the team lifting the trophy, Academy Director Ashley delivered his presentation to all Academy children and parents. Ash discussed how the Academy is striving to work with parents and scouts to increase the chances of children getting scouted by professional Academies. By uploading videos and photos to each player’s personal profile, the chances of players getting scouted dramatically increases. This can be by both local scouts who can attend sessions and also those further away by using technology and footage of the player to create reports.


Once again we would like to thank Birmingham City for their fantastic venue, along with all the FootieBugs families that attended the day! We have uploaded some of the pictures from the day onto our Facebook page, which are available for you to view here.

The FootieBugs Spooky Holiday Camp in Solihull this October Half-Term


The FootieBugs Football Holiday Camp in Solihull is just around the corner as Halloween creeps up!


We have a ‘frightening’ amount of fun activities that are sure to keep children entertained during the half-term break!


Alongside the children’s favourite football games and drills such as; the crossbar challenge, free kick competition and penalty shoot out, we have a fantastic themed days and activities!

Football Holiday Camp in Solihull


During the week we will be running activities including, a fantastic sweet treasure hunt, spectacular fancy dress day and also a spooky special competition day! The competition day gives children the opportunity to win fantastic trophies and prizes, while all kids take home a well done certificate!

FootieBugs October Half-term Football Holiday Camp in Solihull


The FootieBugs Football Holiday Camp in Solihull also uses some of the newest training equipment – allowing all children to train like a pro. Some of the equipment that will be used at the camp include; speed resistance parachute, crazy catch, hurdles and ladders and many more!


The FootieBugs camp runs at the Solihull Sixth Form College on Widney Manor Road (B91 3WR). The camp runs from 9:30am to 3:30pm, with extended hours available from 8:30am to 5:30pm – with prices starting from just £12 per day!


To book your child’s place on the FootieBugs Football Holiday Camp in Solihull please either call us on 0121 777 7792 or via our website at

Another FootieBugs Academy Star Signed to a Professional Club’s Academy!


Edward Smith is the latest hot prospect from the FootieBugs Academy to be scouted and signed to a professional club’s academy! Edward has joined the academy set up at Birmingham City Football Club – well done Edward!


FootieBugs Football Academy in Solihull - Edward Smith BCFC

FootieBugs manager Ashley Sammons was delighted to find out Edward has joined the Birmingham City Academy:


I’m really proud of Edward and how he has developed as a young footballer. His technical ability and understanding of the game is phenomenal for someone so young. He has electric pace and I genuinely think he is a star of the future.”


Edward has been with FootieBugs since the age of four, starting his journey at local FootieBugs community classes. By learning through story adventures, Edward was introduced to the basics of football in an engaging and exciting way that created a strong base of skills, such as dribbling and passing.


He then moved up into the 5-7’s age group, where he played with lots of his friends. The 5-7’s class  introduces more advanced football skills to players, whilst carrying on with the focus on children’s enjoyment.  Edward began to learn more specific match skills and work within teams and groups with his friends.


Edward was then offered a place at the FootieBugs Football Academy in Solihull in 2016. His excellent performances in the community classes led to the coaches inviting him to a trial at the academy, where he excelled and earned his place in the U7’s.


The academy runs at Olton West Warwickshire Sports Club every Thursday and Friday. Academy players are introduced to more advanced technical and tactical aspects of the game. The academy teachers players through expert drills, matches against local clubs and homework skills. This ensures players have the experience and confidence to shine when professional club’s scouts from across the country visit our sessions.


FootieBugs Football Academy in Solihull

Edward’s fantastic performances at the academy saw him scouted by Aston Villa, West Bromwich Albion and Birmingham City. He came to the decision to join Birmingham City and we wish Edward the best of luck for the future!


To find out more about FootieBugs community classes or the FootieBugs Football Academy in Solihull, please either visit our website or call 0121 777 7792.

World Mental Health Day 2017 – #ItsOkNotToBeOk


Today, Tuesday the 10th of October is World Mental Health Day. Over recent years, there appears to have been an increase in the number of cases being reported. Currently, the World Mental Health Foundation estimate that one in six people each week experience a common mental health problem.


World Mental Health Day - YogaBugs

Mental Health issues are also becoming more common in young people and children. Young Minds report that around one in ten children have a diagnosable mental health disorder. In a school environment, this equates to one children in three per classroom.


On a positive note, more work is being done to help break the stigma around mental health issues. Recently, Prince William and Prince Harry have spoken about their personal past experiences and encouraged more people that it is okay to talk about difficulties they may be experiencing.


This is a trend that must be continued and more and more support must be given to those suffering with mental health illnesses, or those in positions to help, such as parents, teachers and relatives.


A recent study has shown that regular exercise can not only help in dealing with mental health issues, but can also prevent them from occurring. Yoga is an excellent activity that has many health benefits; “regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress” (NHS).


YogaBugs focuses on providing children with fun and engaging Yoga sessions by combing yoga inspired movements with storytelling and imagination. YogaBugs classes also integrate mindfulness programmes, focusing on breathing and relaxation techniques and meditation that children can use to help deal with stressful or adverse situations. These techniques also help children develop their own mindfulness and mental wellbeing.

World Mental Health Day - YogaBugs

The importance of regular exercise and activity should not be underestimated in the fight against mental health. Those suffering from mental health issues need support and guidance from those close around them and the trend of raising awareness of mental health issues needs to continue, that #ItsOkNotToBeOk and encourage people to talk about issues that they may be experiencing. World Mental Health Day 2017 will hopefully help more and more people break the stigma surround mental health issues.


If you would like to find out more about YogaBugs, either through our classes in Nurseries and Schools or through our local community classes, please visit our website here or call 0121 777 7792.

The Bugs Group Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull this October Half-term!


There are only three weeks until The Bugs Group’s kids holiday camps in Solihull start again for the October Half-Term! All of our holiday camps in Solihull and South Birmingham focus on keeping children active and entertained during school holidays. The October Holiday Camp will also have a special Halloween theme!


Running across Solihull, The Bugs Group run three fantastic holiday camps through FootieBugs, DanceBugs and MultiBugs.


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The FootieBugs kids holiday camp in Solihull offers boys and girls from ages 4-12 a fantastic week packed full of fun football activities and games! Children on the FootieBugs holiday camp will develop their core football skills through different drills and activities, but will also play matches and some of their favourite games such as the cross bar challenge and free kick teaser target! On the Friday of the camp, we will have a special Halloween themed competition day! On the competition day, children will be made to feel like stars as all take home a medal and certificate, with the winning team taking away fantastic trophies and prizes!


FootieBugs are also running the Junior Coach Programme during the holiday camp. The programme allows those aged 12-16 who are considering a career in football or sports coaching to gain fantastic experience shadowing our FootieBugs coaches! Junior Coaches will have the opportunity to complete 5 levels of training, working on their leadership and communication skills, developing their confidence in coaching and learning the special ‘FootieBugs way’ of coaching!


The DanceBugs kids holiday camp in Solihull encourages children to get creative with their movements and learn a variety of dance styles! Children on the camp will experience dance styles such as freestyle, ballet, acro and many more! Throughout the week, kids will work on creating their own unique routine that will be performed to their parents at the end of the week! With Halloween just around the corner, the performance will be sure to follow the spooky theme – so parents may have to beware of a scare! After the performance, all children receive a certificate and rosette for their fantastic work!


Both the FootieBugs and DanceBugs holiday camps run at the Solihull Sixth Form in Solihull, meaning it is perfect for those siblings who may wish to do different activities during the October half term!


Our final kids holiday camp in Solihull is our MultiBugs camp. The MultiBugs camp combines over 30 different sports and games each week! This means children will be able to play some of their favourite sports, such as football and tennis, but also play some they may never have played before, such as dodgeball or badminton! Similarly to the FootieBugs camp, the Friday will also be competition day with the spooky Halloween theme. Children will make new friends in teams and have the chance to compete for fantastic prizes and trophies – whilst having fun playing a superb range of games and sports. The MultiBugs holiday camp has changed venue for this October – it will now be held at Tudor Grange Academy in Solihull!


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The Bugs Group’s kids holiday camps in Solihull run from 9:30am to 3:30pm, with extended hours available from 8:30am to 5:30pm. To book your child’s place on any of the camps, please click the button below and select the camp you wish to book onto or call 0121 777 7792!


Book The Bugs Group Kids Holiday Camps in Solihull


The FootieBugs Academy – One Step Closer to Becoming Professional


With the new football season in full swing, professional clubs all across the country are on the lookout for the next football superstar that has what it takes to play at the elite level. The FootieBugs Academy  is a children’s football academy in Solihull and is the perfect place to be to uncover these stars.


The FootieBugs Academy running in Solihull is an elite training programme for children aged between 5 and 11. We work and have connections with scouts from professional clubs across the whole of the UK.

FootieBugs Children's Football Academy in Solihull

Whether it is the red of Liverpool, the blue of Chelsea, or any top English that your child dreams of wearing in the future, the FootieBugs Academy is possibly the first step on the ladder to reach that dream.
With the ability to feed into almost every professional club in the country, FootieBugs is in the perfect position to ensure that when your child is ready, they will be given every opportunity to be noticed by the all the professional clubs’ academy set ups not only locally, but also nationally.
And we do mean nationally, for example should a northern based club such as Manchester United, Manchester City or Everton or southern based club such as Chelsea, Tottenham or Arsenal show an interest, then they would send along their local scout to watch the player during either a FootieBugs training session or a FootieBugs match against another academy.
On a more local basis the relationship FootieBugs has with championship side Birmingham City has even led to the FootieBugs Academy being the only academy to supply players to the BCFC academy.


One of the key reasons that all the top clubs work with FootieBugs, is that FootieBugs has an excellent reputation for not only spotting talent but also nurturing this talent through our impressive academy training programmes.


FootieBugs Children's Football Academy in Solihull

Given that all FootieBugs academy sessions are run in line with the top clubs’ own academy training programmes, it is not unusual to see a number of guest coaches from the different professional clubs taking the sessions or advising players.
During FootieBugs sessions, which are coached age appropriately, our expert coaches introduce children of a more advanced ability in their age group to the more technical and tactical aspects of the game. Through different drills, matches against local clubs and homework skills, FootieBugs Academy children will gain the confidence and experience that will catch the eyes of professional club scouts that attend our sessions.


FootieBugs Children's Football Academy in Solihull

Recently, the FootieBugs children’s football academy in Solihull was featured on Made in Birmingham TV. They came to find out all about the academy and chat with FootieBugs Manager Ashley Sammons. You can find the video on catch up here.
The FootieBugs children’s football academy in Solihull is also an official partner of BBC Get Inspired. Together, we are working to increase children’s activity levels and get them into playing sport and improve their skills.
We run the academy at West Warwickshire Sports Club in Solihull on Thursdays and Fridays.


If you believe your child has the footballing ability to progress to the next level, then please contact us for a trial via 0121 777 7792. We can help your child one step closer to becoming professional.

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