Trial of 'Club 365' to take place in Coatbridge over the Spring break

North Lanarkshire Council is providing free meals and activities at weekends and holidays for P1-S3 pupils who are entitled to free school meals

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A pilot project will take place at four venues in Coatbridge from Friday 30 March to Sunday 15 April (public holidays included).

There will also be multi-sports games and fun activities on offer each day.

Children can come along to any one of these venues (there's no need to pre-book) between 11.30am to 2.30pm (lunch will be served from 12.45pm).

  • Old Townhead Community Centre, Townhead Road, Coatbridge, ML5 2HT
  • Coatbridge Community Centre, 9 Old Monkland Road, Coatbridge, ML5 5EA
  • Charlotte Toal Centre, Dundyvan Road, Coatbridge, ML5 1DN
  • Old Monkland Community Centre, 23 Lismore Drive, Coatbridge, ML5 5PG

Speaking at the time of the announcement Cllr Frank McNally, convener of education, said: "These proposals to tackle weekend and holiday hunger are the most ambitious in the country.

"A good diet plays a key role in healthy growth and development, supporting learning and social skills and sets a positive habit to be continued later in life.

"Our plans will do much to promote healthy eating and address some of the symptoms of poverty for children who need it most."

Any parent or carer requiring more information should call 01236 812314 or email club365@northlan.gov.uk

The programme will eventually cover the 175 days of the year when pupils are not at school during weekends and school holidays.

While some councils in the UK have committed to holiday programmes, these do not include weekends, so North Lanarkshire's would become the most comprehensive in the country.

North Lanarkshire is one of the nine "challenge authorities" in Scotland with the highest levels of deprivation. Nearly 21% of children live in low income households.

Based on a successful pilot, the programme will be delivered in 23 'hubs' across the authority area, usually in community facilities. The cost is estimated to be half a million pounds per year.

The proposals were approved by councillors at a meeting of the education committee on Tuesday 20 February.

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