KEEN sessions have now finished until after Easter. Sessions will begin again on Monday 28th April, and all parents/carers of athletes will receive a mailing detailing the schedule for the term a couple of weeks before.
As always, our winter/spring term was packed with fun events for athletes and volunteers alike. Here’s a summary of what we got up to:
Our sports session continues to be incredibly successful and we regularly see over 40 athletes each week! Our sports coordinator Will and his team of session leaders have had an incredibly inventive term, adapting all of the following sports: rounders, football, athletics, dancing, basketball, hockey, boccia, cricket, tennis, parachute games, tag rugby, ultimate frisbee, curling, volleyball and crazy golf.
This term KEEN’s creative workshop followed the theme of “Zig-Zag’s Greatest Hero”. A bewigged television presenter helped athletes explore the heroic acts that people from a range of professions could carry out: an astronaut, a farmer, a sports coach, a celebrity, a spy and a policeman. Then in the last week of term, we drew inspiration from these characters to show athletes that they too had the heroic skills of creativity, bravery, problem solving, observation and dancing prowess(!), making each and every one of them Zig-Zag’s Greatest Hero!
Our teenagers social club, KEEN Teens, is now five years old! We’ve had some brilliant sessions over the last term, including a uniquely-KEEN evening of movie making and a fantastic first aid session. A particular highlight was a visit by some members of Oxford University Magic Society who put on a show for athletes and taught them how to perform their own illusions!
GrEAT coordinators Callum and Tom planned eight fantastic weeks of activities for the 25+ members of our over-18s social club, some of whom have been coming to KEEN since 1988! The term began with a traditional pub quiz, with other notable sessions including an evening of colourful and explosive science experiments and a pilot for an over-18s sports session.
Saturday 8th March hosted our annual under-18s daytrip. This year we visited the exciting and interactive Thinktank Science Museum in Birmingham. Athletes had a great day running around from exhibit to exhibit, particularly enjoying a robot which could be programmed to say anything and the outdoors science garden, containing lots of water-based activities and opportunities for splashing! We also got to enjoy a special planetarium show “The Little Star That Could”, which was pitched at a perfect level for KEEN but taught everyone something about space. Athletes were thoroughly tired by the end, but we still managed to find energy for a sitting-down hokey cokey on the bus ride home! Thanks to Oxfordshire County Council for funding the daytrip.