By Kim Hardie
LOCAL CHILDREN participated in a vast range of sporting activities recently when Kings Foundation returned to Lomond School Sports Hall and Facilities last week.
The popular summer activity camp, held in conjunction with the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC), ran for one packed week from Monday 9th to Friday 13th October 2023.
The event was open to Service children, children of Naval Base workers and members of the Helensburgh and Lomond community.
Some 56 kids passed through the camp over the week, enjoying a range of activities designed to promote an active, healthy, lifestyle.
Sponsored by the RNRMC and Captain of the Base, Captain Elaine Boyd, with grants provided by the charity, the event was open to children aged five to 17 years of age.
Lieutenant Commander Carl Steedman, HMS Neptune’s First Lieutenant, visited the camp to chat with the children and volunteers.
“This is such a fantastic initiative for our families and the wider community. For me personally, it is always a privilege to visit this impressive and important programme,” said Lt Cdr Steedman.
Some of the children who enjoyed themselves in their King’s Camp t-shirts.
“Witnessing the variety of activities delivered so enthusiastically by the dedicated Kings Camp Volunteers, and the reaction of the children. We are all extremely grateful to the staff and the RNRMC for supporting us so well – Very well done one and all!”
RNRMC in conjunction with Kings Foundation hold summer and school holiday camps at a variety of location across the UK and have run camps for the children of Naval Base workers for many years.
The company is a leading provider of holiday sports and activity day camps for children and works closely with Naval Service communities.
King’s Camp run a multi-active programme which combines fun and learning. A typical day includes sports and activity sessions, along with time to socialise and team challenges.
Rachael, the King’s Foundation Site Manager, said: “King’s Camp is back at Lomond Sports Centre, Helensburgh for our October edition. Alongside my team of Jack, Megan, Zeeshan, Abby and Andy, we welcomed over 50 kids daily, working on varied skills through some 30 sports and activities, including spooky challenges for Wicked Wednesday.”
“It’s been a thoroughly fun week with everyone from the youngest child to every single King’s Team member loving the addictive atmosphere. See you in 2024!”
Top of page picture: All the children, volunteers who attended the camp with some of the Royal Navy personnel who visited.