Welcome to the summer! And in Hammersmith & Fulham, that means our annual Summer in the City events are underway.
Across the borough, hundreds of summer events, groups, camps and clubs are being held for children and young people in H&F and across west London. It’s supported by our 112-page Summer in the City publication, which has become a must-have summer planner for working parents and young fun-seekers alike.
Last week, we visited the football sessions at Latymer Upper School’s playing fields in Wood Lane, White City.
Hosted by local activity providers Let Me Play and run by football experts K4S, the day saw youngsters 11 to 19 work on their skills.
With about 40 boys and girls attending, the big draw was the afternoon’s tournaments. “Everyone was really looking forward to playing against each other,” said coach Ashley Marshalleck, 22, from Let Me Play. “In the morning, we did agility drills and sprint training. And everyone said they were coming back the next day, so that was great.”
Later in the day, we dropped in at nearby Burlington Danes Academy in where young people were busy working on their acting skills in preparation for a final theatrical production at the end of August.
The stage was busy, with 46 young people taking turns to show off their talent – whether it was singing, dancing, acting or rapping. “It was fab – the atmosphere was really buzzing,” said Anna Mair, 23, performing arts officer from Let Me Play. “Some arrived very shy – but by the end of the day they were onstage and they were flying. We want anyone to come down and give it a go, no matter what your experience or ability.”
New Summer in the City website
For the first time, all of the Summer in the City events will also be published online with a slick new website.
“With free West End theatre performances, festivals, open air cinema, nature trails and video design, there’s little chance of being bored,” says Rahima Begum, UK Youth Parliament Member for Hammersmith & Fulham.
It means that parents can search the full database of activities to find the perfect drama course or soccer school on the go – and even check where the events will take place on the site’s interactive maps.
“We want to make sure children in H&F have a wide range of activities to pick from this summer,” says Cllr Sue Macmillan, Cabinet Member for Children and Education in Hammersmith & Fulham.
“Nearly all the activities in Summer in the City are free, and I hope the guide will help make the upcoming school holidays rewarding and memorable. So go have some fun this summer!”
Copies can now be collected at local schools, libraries, youth clubs and the town hall. For more details, visit the Summer in the City website.