Hilly Fields Summer Sport for Kids

Throughout the summer school holiday, Hilly Fields is playing host to a range of sports classes for young children, run by Lewisham Council.

From July 28th to August 22nd, every weekday, there will be free fun sport and games activities for under-5s.

Head to the playground between 11am and 4pm to get involved.

Or visit www.teachsport.org for more details.

33 comments:

Do dah said...

The people that live nearby are going to need earplugs.

The Brockley Telegraph said...

Indeed.

Brockley Nick said...

That's the spirit!

And since it's in the middle of the park, next to a school, I doubt anyone will be unduly affected.

Do dah said...

It's the truth Nick. It's good that the council has put on activities for children over the summer, there will be an affect; little children screaming plus the speaker system to corale them into action.

Earplugs are a wise investment in general and in this scenario in particular.

drakefell debaser said...

wow, people can be sour. Think back to your own youth. If the kids are getting fresh air and excercise then surely its far better than being left to get up to no good. Kids make noise as do adults - at least kids go to bed early.

Badgeman said...

What a miserable reaction; anyway there's a similar scheme on in Telegraph Hill park too. My kids loved it this morning.

Monkeyboy said...

staying in playing with their 'X-Factor' or whatever it's called and eating chips - BAD Hanging around the shopping centre, looking sullen and scaring the middle classes - BAD. Running around the park excercising and mosltly not stabbing each other -BAD.

The alternative being? Almost feel sorry for the little blighters.

Tressilliana said...

Can't quite understand these comments as this isn't a new development and to my knowledge it's one that has never caused problems, quite the opposite. As DD says, it's good for children to get out into the fresh air and run around while they're on holiday [this typed in acute consciousness that my own teenagers' exercise recently has been confined to going down to the kitchen to replenish snacks].

There have been sessions like this on Hilly Fields every half-term, Easter and summer holiday for years and years. Whenever I've walked past the kids look as if they're having a good time. And I can confirm that you can't hear them from Tressillian Road.

Do dah said...

What is going on at Brockley Central today?

Can people look at what I wrote and then compare it to the responses.

jon s said...

Surely this is what we want to see more of?

Anything that introduces structure, activities and fitness to children as well as keeping them busy in holiday periods is ideal. They've been in Australia for years.

http://www.dsr.nsw.gov.au/camps/

If these are general naysayers as opposed to being dry, stop being a NIMBY!

Do dah said...

Clearly I've been positioned as someone that dislikes kids, in for a penny, in for a pound...

With the reported illiteracy rates in this country, forget running around having fun, those little children should be in the library, doing sums and learning to read, much quieter for all!

Tom said...

do dah: I think it was your misuse of the word 'affect', compounded by the inappropriate use of the semi-colon that has led to such apoplexy.

In general, our culture seems to have very limited tolerance for children, which seems a great shame.

jon s said...

Do Dah - I don't think you dislike kids, just them being noisy in parks!! ;-)

drakefell debaser said...

I am not a parent but under 5's stuck in a library learning to read and doing sums? Not sure if 5 year olds are allowed in libraries. Surely social interaction is more important at that age which this will teach as well as allowing them to have fun and enjoy the potentially brief spell of good weather.

Bea said...

Great on the council for organising this event!

Unless you work from home and decide to take your lap top / mobile phone into the park to work I can't see noise being a problem! There are plenty of kids running round at the weekends and they don't seem to make any undue noise.

Whereas parties until 4:00 am with the base thumping really loudly do my head in and one neighbour or the other was doing this all weekend. I may well need to buy ear plugs for this reason!

Bea said...

Under 5s are most definitely allowed in libraries. They aren't even charged if they decide to destroy the book whilst the "carer" isn't looking.

But on a hot sunny day I know where I'd rather be - outside!

jon s said...

I work from home a fair bit (my company doesn't give us desks, reduces costs on overheads) and will only work from a park or cafe expecting noise, hence no conference calls or webinars.

I actually find it quite enjoyable watching families playing in a park or noisy kids playing sport, whistful about my future and remembering my past I suppose!!

Maradoll said...

I'm all for the noise of under 5s - wish I could join them!

Tamsin said...

Came on to say that it was also happening in Telegraph Hill Park and see that Badgeman beat me to it.
It's great that the Council have woken up to the resource they have in the parks and that they are being used to the full - justifying the hard work put into improving them.
Also if the children grow up associating parks with a good time under adult supervision hopefully they wont immediately turn round and trash them the moment they are there unsupervised.
@bea - if you've found ear plugs that can deal with the thob of an anti-social neighbour's bass notes please share the secret - as far as I was aware nothing works!

Anonymous said...

I live near enough the park to hear the constant bellowing of someone on a megaphone that seems to go on for a prolonged period, and I put up with it. However, I do wonder what's being said (it's not that clear but the volume is still loud) and why it has to be bellowed at at such a volume that it can be heard probably 500 yards beyond the intended 'victims'.

I once had the misfortune to stand behind one of the organisers as he was gathering railway information at Ladywell Station, he went on for some time, apologised, but still continued to drag seemingly irrelevant material out of the chap in the ticket office.

He reminded me of how irritating Physical education and sports teachers are, even when they aren't bellowing at children.

Well, I got that off my chest anyway...

Headhunter said...

I just want to state that I'm not compaining about kids, activities for kids or the council (this time), but I am amazed at how far sound on the park travels when people use megaphones and PA systems. I could hear the Summer Fayre all the way from Manor Ave earlier in the summer!

The Brockley Telegraph said...

That was one of the points I raised re. summer fayre - its pure tacky-ness.

Why does everthing have to be dumbed down and made tacky nowadays? What ever happen to the pleasent ways of communicating/organising things?

@HH, I'm having trouble cycling this week - i.e. I havn't done it once. Do you have any tips? I think its to do with the humidity - i wake up at 5.30 but i literally cannot get out of bed, despite going to bed at 10pm. It's rather frustrating - as I want to cycle.

Headhunter said...

TBH it doesn't bother me that much, the summer fayre is only on once a year. It would be different if it were every week.

Andy - You want to cycle but you don't? That sounds a bit confused! I don't really have that problem as cycling is my way to work, i usually find it far more of an effort and pain to use public transport with all its associated problems with delays, sheer number of people etc. Perhaps you need to cancel/not renew any travelcards you have and force yourself to rely on the bike to get to work. Come rain or shine just do not allow yourself to use public transport. Even on days when I don't feel that motivated to get on the bike, I usually find that once I'm on it and moving all is fine.

The humidity didn't really both me. Yes I got a bit sweatier, but as soon as I arrive at my destination I shower, so who cares. Anyway it's much cooler now.

Anonymous said...

Yes, that'll be because it's Summer. Of course in the winter it tends to be cold which is also an issue. In the old days, before we had foreigners here, every day was the perfect temperature with snow on Christmas day.

The Brockley Telegraph said...

It's weird - Its just this week that I'm finding it hard. I wake up feeling like I have a hang over and could sleep the whole day.

having said that, it was abit cooler last night and I did find it marginally better this morning.

If it continues, I might try sleeping downstairs where it is really much cooler.

Headhunter said...

Well if you really are tired, perhaps your body is telling you something and you should listen. Perhaps don't force yourself or cycling will start to become a chore to you rather than a pleasure. perhaps change your diet to somethnig more healthy or wait til it's cooler

Anonymous said...

I have a theory: BOss and Hugh are the product of the same under-employed mind.

Brockley Nick said...

I think it's fair to say the Boss is a "character" rather than a real person.

I'm going to have to delete any emails in which people try to pass themselves off as local businesspeople. It's not fair to those businesses.

Anonymous said...

perhaps the Boss can have an accident whilst changing a neon tube, a 'fitting' end...

Brockley Nick said...

@DD - I was referring to the boss' posts, which are obviously "joke" posts. I am in the process of deleting them, for precisely the reason you point out.

drakefell debaser said...

Ah, sorry about that.

Tamsin said...

PA systems and a lot of amplification are to my mind unecessary and anti-social. One of the nice things about Hillaballo is that it is specfically a non-amplification event. But I agree that once a year a bit of tacky-ness is quite enjoyable, like candy-floss and Cadbury's Creme Eggs.

On the other hand every day for a month is a bit much. Haven't heard any complaints about TeamSport in Telegraph Hill, will toddle round on Friday to check it out.

Amanda said...

Well we adults had the fun run this year, now it's the kids turn for some sports related fun.

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