Holiday Activity Fund

Brighter Futures for Children is delighted to be co-ordinating the Holiday Activity Fund for 2021, which is funded by the Department of Education, on behalf of Reading Borough Council.

The HAF programme provides activities and lunch for children eligible for pupil premium free school meal children across Reading. The activity clubs offer a range of energetic physical activities, exciting new experiences and delicious meals too!

Christmas Holiday Activity Fund

We are happy to announce that we will be funding several HAF holiday camps this Christmas!

All of our camps will be taking place on the 20, 21, 22, & 23 of December.

Information about the camps can be found below.

Registration process:

To apply for our Christmas camps, please first register with us using the form at the bottom of this page to receive a HAF code. Once you have this code you will be able to register with any of the below providers. The HAF code can only be used with the providers listed below.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to re-register for the Christmas HAF even if you registered earlier in the year (summer or Easter).

Pantomime tickets for HAF users!

As part of the HAF programme, children eligible for the scheme will also get the chance to receive a free ticket to see the pantomime at the Hexagon, Reading. To register for the ticket, please follow the below link and have your HAF code ready. The promo code used to get your ticket is BFFCPANTO. Additionally, each child will receive a healthy meal and an activity pack during their time at the pantomime.

Please only use this code if your child is eligible for the HAF scheme. If you are not eligible for the scheme and use the promo code to get a ticket, your ticket will be invalid and will not grant you access to the pantomime.

PLEASE NOTE: Each child must be accompanied by one adult.

Performance times eligible with the HAF offer:

  • Wednesday 8 December 2pm
  • Tuesday 14 December 2pm
  • Thursday 16 December 7pm
  • Thursday 30 December 5pm

Each child eligible for HAF is entitled to one ticket for themselves and one ticket for an adult to accompany them. You can book your tickets at What’s On Reading.

Here is a list of our Christmas holiday club providers:

Our Christmas Camps are for child aged 5 – 16 years old. We offer a variety of arts, crafts, music, dance and sports. Every child will have the option of a hot meal each they attend. We so many activities on offer you can be assured your child will have a great time in a safe end enjoyable environment. We have qualified teachers and sports coaches running the sessions for your child so come along and have a great few days before Christmas.

Camp Locations:

  • Prospect School, RG30 4EX
  • Meadow Park Academy, RG30 6BS

Apply for Get Active activities here.

At NS Sport’s Stars Programme, there are six different daily activities and you can be sure that no day is the same. Children will enjoy two sports sessions, an outdoor events session, arts and crafts, indoor sessions and a free choice play session.

Things to look forward to:

  • Art & Design
  • Holiday Themes – Nerf play, fun at the fair and Christmas games
  • Sports such us Football, Dodgeball, Gym, Hockey, Cricket and many more
  • Healthy Eating and Daily Mile

Each child will be served with a morning fruit snack, drinks and a hot lunchtime meal.

More details:

Camp locations:

  • Church End school, RG30 4HP

A registration page will be coming soon.

Join Sports in Mind for some festive fun activities this Christmas with football, tennis, badminton, basketball, archery, dance and more. More details here.

Camp locations:

  • South Reading Leisure Centre, RG2 8DF

To join Sports in Mind for their Christmas camps, fill in their registration form.

Holiday Club for ages 5 to 11 offers a wide range of exciting activities, focusing on engaging children in a fun and safe environment. Our activities are planned to enhance new skills, encourage inclusion, teamwork and strategic thinking. Our holiday club includes the sports hall, our indoor heated swimming pool, an arts and craft area, the food technology room, large and small 3G AstroTurf pitches, our playing fields and the dining hall.

Booking form

Our multi-sports camp will include a wide range of sports, games and activities. The aim of our camp is to provide your child with as many opportunities as possible to get inspired by sport and to encourage them to lead a healthy lifestyle. We will also be promoting healthy eating throughout our camp and you can be sure to find lots of fun educational games included throughout the day.

Camp locations:

  • St Michaels Primary School RG30 4AS – apply here.
  • Thameside Primary School, Harley Rd, Caversham, Reading RG4 8DB – apply here.

The course at Ridgeway HAF is now open for bookings, 20-23 December.  Register here.

The course at New Christ Church is now open for bookings, 20-23 December.  Register here.

The course at Wilson Primary School is now open for bookings, 20-23 December. Register here.

Camp locations:

· The Ridgeway Primary, RG2 8JD

· Wilson Primary School, RG30 2RW

· New Christ Church Primary School RG2 0AY

Premier Education is the UK’s largest provider of sport and physical activity in primary schools. They have operated holiday camps for 25 years, providing a safe environment for children to have a fun and active time with friends. Activities range from Action and Adventure (Nerf Wars), Archery, Zorbs to Dodgeball, Dance, Gymnastics and a whole host of racket and ball sports.

Premier Education are proud to have a 5* Trustpilot rating. To enquire about their Christmas HAF camps in Reading, please email or call 01344 592351.

Reading FC Community Trust, in partnership with Reading Borough Council, will be running Christmas holiday camps for children aged 12-16 years old. These camps will include a hot lunch for all participants and feature multiple sports sessions including:

  • Football
  • Tchoukball
  • Handball
  • Cricket
  • Dodgeball
  • Ultimate frisbee
  • Multi-sports games.

These active sessions will encourage children to get at least 250 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity, while also introducing them to new sports.

These sessions will also include learning about personal health, social & economic based topics, communication skills, problem solving, self-efficacy, resilience, empowerment and independence.

The Camp is based at the Select Car Leasing Indoor Dome and will run from 9.30am – 3.30pm.

More details and booking here.

Watch a video of footballer and campaigner Marcus Rashford spread the word about the benefits of holiday activities and clubs for children.


We will be contacting you via your child/ren’s school to gauge interest in the range and days of activities.

If your child/children is not currently in receipt of pupil premium free school meals but you think your circumstances mean they could be eligible, please fill in the form and submit it to your child’s school. More information can be found on our free schools meals page.

If you have any questions about the Holiday Activity Fund please contact Ciaran Delaney:

HAF registration form

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