Leicestershire Holiday Activities and Food Programme - 2022

Background to the HAF Programme

Following delivery of another successful programme in 2021, the DfE have announced over £200 million a year for the continuation of the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme from 2022-25.

Leicestershire County Council, working with Active Together (formerly LeicesterShire and Rutland Sport), are coordinating the Department for Education funded Holiday Activities & Food Programme, across Leicestershire in 2022.

The Leicestershire HAF Programme is specifically targeted to offer holiday activities to school aged children (5 to 16 years) who are eligible for benefits-related Free School Meals.

Leicestershire County Council have been allocated up to £1.5 million for delivery of holiday clubs in the 2022 Easter, Summer and Christmas school holidays and will work with partners to co-ordinate the delivery of the equivalent of 6 weeks' HAF holiday provision to eligible children in line with DfE guidance.

Leicestershire County Council will be awarding funding to Leicestershire schools, charity, voluntary and community sector organisations and other out of school and holiday activity organisations to deliver HAF holiday provision for children eligible for benefits-related free school meals during the Easter, Summer and Christmas 2022 holiday periods.

The aim is that the children who attend the provision will be supported:

  • to eat more healthily over the school holidays;
  • to be more active during the school holidays;
  • to take part in engaging and enriching activities;
  • to be safe and not to be socially isolated;
  • to have greater knowledge of health and nutrition; and
  • to be more engaged with school and other local services.

HAF Summer 2022 - Expressions of Interest Process and Timescales

The deadline for submitting Expressions of Interest for the Summer HAF programme has now passed.

Organisations who have submitted an Expression of Interest for the Summer HAF programme will be informed of the decision in May/June 2022.


Schools Heat Map

Organisations interested in applying for HAF funding can view a heat map which shows the numbers of free school meals eligible children at each school.

The heat map is available here.


HAF Summer 2022 Programme - Question and Answer Sessions

Question and Answer sessions for the Summer HAF programme were held in May.

You can view the Question and Answer slides below.


A Message from Marcus Rashford MBE


Video Message from a Previous HAF Applicant


Updated HAF Standards

The document below provides a summary of the updated standards for the HAF programme, in terms of the expectations from organisations who are applying to deliver school holiday HAF programmes.

This includes standards relating to the following areas of provision:

  • Food
  • Enriching Activities
  • Physical Activities
  • Nutritional Education
  • Food Education (for families and carers)
  • Signposting and referrals
  • Policies and procedures
  • Safeguarding

Organisations planning to apply to the Leicestershire HAF programme are advised to read the updated standards document to ensure their proposed provision is able to meet these standards.


Further Information

For more information about the Healthy Activities and Food Programme 202w, you can contact the individuals below:

Mala Razak
Children and Families Partnership Manager
Leicestershire County Council
Email: mala.razak@leics.gov.uk
Tel: (0116) 3058055 or 07904 547924

Geoff Maltby
Sports Development Manager
Active Together
Email: G.Maltby@active-together.org
Tel: 01509 564870

Claire Jarvis
Active Together
Email: C.Jarvis@active-together.org

Jo M Fisher
Childcare Sufficiency and Development Team Manager
Early Years Inclusion and Childcare Service
Email: jo.fisher@leics.gov.uk
Tel: (0116) 3056566

Noel Singh
Funding Manager
Communities, Policy & Resilience
Leicestershire County Council
Email: noel.singh@leics.gov.uk
Tel: (0116) 3057020

For advice on provision of meals to School Food Standards:

Jackie Manship
Catering Manager
LTS Catering
Leicestershire Traded Services
Tel: (0116) 3057313 or 07983 433137
Website: LTS Catering Services | Leicestershire Traded Services