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This week, 80 children from local primary schools will be taking part in the Surrey Cricket Foundation’s ‘Vauxhall Loop’ programme. The young people will take part in a range of activities including cricket sessions, cooking and DJ-ing at venues around The Kia Oval.

With south London schoolchildren now on their summer holidays, many young people are looking forwards to taking advantage of their time out of school. Surrey Cricket Foundation (SCF) has developed the Vauxhall Loop to offer the young people, in one of the most disadvantaged areas of the country, the opportunity to take part in a host of different engaging sessions.

This is an important way to introduce the children from the local community to Surrey County Cricket Club and offer them the chance to take part in activities they may have not engaged with before.

SCF are working with 12 local providers, who are all keen to open their doors and offer opportunities for the young children. As well as cricket sessions delivered by coaches from the Foundation, other activities include cooking with the Soul Shack, climbing at Vauxwall and DJ-ing with Wrights Academy.

The activities are aimed to keep the schoolchildren entertained but also they are preparing them for the future and giving them experience in things they have not done previously. The activities have been designed so that the young people can have valuable socialising time with others from different backgrounds, helping break down the local barrier. They will get the chance to get to know their local area and meet other young people.

The programme is working with 80 primary school students in years 3-6 from around Oval, Vauxhall & Kennington. The kids will be provided with breakfast and lunch free of charge thanks to funding from Lambeth and their holiday food program. All the activities are free for the children to take part in.

Chris Coleman, Director at the Surrey Cricket Foundation, said “The Vauxhall Loop is a wonderful way for young people from south London to take part in some fantastic and fun activities. Many families in the local community are particularly stretched at the moment, so it’s important to us to be able to help out in whatever way we can. As well as developing their cricket skills, the other sessions offer a range of enriching experiences to entertain the young people during their summer holidays.”