Summer Play Scheme cancelled

South Derbyshire’s Summer Playscheme has been cancelled for 2021 amidst continuing uncertainty over whether such large-scale events will be permitted.

The scheme traditionally takes place in July and August and in the past has offered over 100 sessions across the District.South Derbyshire District Council’s Head of Cultural and Community Services, Mary Bagley, said: “It is a real shame that we have had to take the decision not to go ahead with this year’s Summer Playscheme.

“We know it is very popular with children from across South Derbyshire and we looked at all the options before very reluctantly reaching the conclusion that, due to ensuring that the schemes could be run in a covid safe way, we needed to make an early decision and cancel.”

The South Derbyshire Summer Playschemes have been running for well over a decade and are a very popular service, with over 6,000 young people attending sessions each year. They are delivered with funding from parish councils and the South Derbyshire Community Safety Partnership.

Active South Derbyshire hopes to reschedule a number of the cancelled sessions, once it is safe to do so, on evenings, at weekends and during half-term and utilise the run up to Summer to plan alternative delivery for the summer holidays, in partnership with the district’s schools.

To keep up to date with our service and any future sessions, check the Active South Derbyshire Facebook page: @ActiveSouthDerbyshire.

20 April 2021