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Summer fun for Star Wars fans

Children can learn to use the Force and become a Jedi Knight as part of part a packed programme of events being organised over the school holidays in Stafford Borough.


With the six-week holidays looming, youngsters of all ages are being urged to take part in the Borough Council’s ‘Step Into Summer’ programme – with Star Wars-style Jedi Training among the top attractions.

The Jedi Training sessions take place at Stafford Leisure Centre, for 5 to 7-year-olds and 8 to 11-year-olds.  Within two hours trainees will get to don a Jedi robe, meet a Stormtrooper, learn the art of the lightsaber, train with a Jedi Master, creep through the Death Star avoiding the Emperor and his Stormtroopers, develop blaster accuracy and enjoy an ultimate battle against Darth Vader.

Other exciting new activities being lined up this summer include Forest Segway and trampolining at Flip Out in Stone.

The programme includes a range of other activities such as the popular Multi Mix and Triple Time sessions, football, dodgeball, pony trekking, kayaking, mountain and BMX biking, cycling skills, tennis, badminton, freestyle dancing, cheerleading, scooter skills and crown green bowls.

Other events on offer include a Going for Gold sports session at Rowley Park Sports Stadium where budding young athletes will compete in events based around the disciplines of running, throwing and jumping.

Youngsters can try their hand at a variety of Olympic sports at Stafford Leisure Centre or compete in a triathlon at Alleyne’s Sports Centre.

Step into Summer

Activities at Alleyne’s Sports Centre in Stone also include On Target, involving a variety of fun target games, such as indoor archery and It’s a Team Game, involving team games and challenges such as basketball, capture the flag, benchball and tag rugby.

The popular Multi Mix sessions allow children to taste a range of sports over one day, while Triple Time sessions include ultimate frisbee, football and swimming.

Younger children can try their hand at sports at Multi Mix Minis or Junior Jumble.

Children can also visit Stafford Castle to search for ‘Woodland Wonders’, solve puzzles, study history, learn about herbs, meet birds of prey, have a go at collage or even become Medieval Minions. Another event, The Quest, involves enlisting as a knight and searching for the hidden treasure.

There are also specialist sports sessions on offer for children with additional needs, such as football/cricket, trampolining, outdoor adventure and Olympic Extravaganza.

Free events include a family ‘Xplorer’ event and a cycle ride, both taking place at Rowley Park Sports Stadium.

Councillor Mike Smith, Cabinet Member for Leisure at Stafford Borough Council, said: “These sessions are always popular and there is a fantastic programme coming up this summer. I’m sure Jedi Training will appeal to lots of the Star Wars fans out there.

“The health and wellbeing of our borough is one of the Council’s top priorities and with so much on offer to keep children active during the holidays there really is no excuse to be bored.”

Another scheme returning this summer is Space 2016, which has been launched by Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire Matthew Ellis to increase young people’s skills, improve their health and wellbeing and create opportunities for young people to take part in positive activities to help make communities safer.

During the summer holidays there will be a range of activities taking place throughout Staffordshire for young people aged between 11 and 17.

For details of all the Step Into activities, dates and prices visit

Find out more about the Space schemes at, follow Space 2016 on Twitter @StaffsSpace and find details on Facebook.

Both the ‘Step Into’ scheme and Space schemes run from 23rd July to 2nd September


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