Leicestershire Holiday Activities and Food Programme - 2021

A Message from Marcus Rashford MBE


Holidays Together: Holiday Activities & Food Programme Summer 2021

Leicestershire County Council, working with LeicesterShire and Rutland Sport, are coordinating the Department for Education funded Holiday Activities & Food Programme, across Leicestershire in 2021.

The Council is supporting Leicestershire schools and Voluntary and Community Sector organisations, to deliver holiday club provision to children living in Leicestershire who are eligible for free school meals.

The Holidays Together: Holiday Activities and Food Programme is specifically targeted to offer summer holiday activities to school aged children (5 to 16 years) who are eligible for benefits-related Free School Meals.

Applying organisations will be expected to offer provision for four hours a day, four days a week, four weeks over the Summer Holidays.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

A set of Frequently Asked Questions relating to the Summer HAF Programme can be seen below.


Application Process and Timescales

The application process for Summer 2021 has now closed.

For more information, or if you have any queries about the programme, please email: haf@leics.gov.uk


Updated HAF Standards

The standards for the HAF programme were revised and updated at the end of April 2021.

The document below provides a summary of the updated standards, in terms of the expectations from organisations who are applying to deliver summer 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 Summer Holidays 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 2021, 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

Jo Spokes/Geoff Maltby
Sports Development Manager
Leicestershire & Rutland Sport
Tel: 01509 564870
Email: j.spokes@lrsport.org / g.maltby@lrsport.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
(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