PUPILS at four schools are celebrating Big Lottery Funding for free holiday activity clubs.

Science and outdoor education specialist Scouted will run 24 days of bush craft, play and adventure at Chilton Primary School and Cleves Cross, Dean Bank and Ferryhill Station Primary Schools in Ferryhill over the coming year.

Working in partnership with Approach Too, Scouted will provide forest school, games, fun and physical activities for local children aged five to 11.

Glenys Newby, from Approach Too, said: “We are delighted to be able to offer such exciting holiday clubs that inspire the love of the outdoors to children in our area. It’s a great opportunity for children to have fun learning new activities such as bush craft skills, outdoor art and den building which also encourages new skills such as problem solving, communi-cation and perseverance.”

The schools will send details home with children.

Sam Jackson from Scouted said: "Thanks to the funding from The Big Lottery, this is a fantastic opportunity for the children to play with friends and have lots of fun! Evidence is showing that children are leading more and more sedentary lifestyles– this outdoor learning holiday programme will encourage children to be more active and healthier."

Details and application forms for children to book their place on the holiday activities will be provided via the schools over the coming weeks.