What time does Sports Plus start and finish?
Registration is between 4-5pm on the Sunday and we will finish at 4pm on the Friday. Parents/guardians are invited to come a little earlier on the Friday and watch the last Team Challenge, which begins at 2.45pm, to see a glimpse of what the young people have been doing throughout the week.
We cannot arrive/depart between the designated times?
If the young person needs to arrive/depart early/late please email
firstname.lastname@example.org to notify Christians in Sport staff and to make suitable arrangements.
Can the young person be collected from the train station?
No. Christians in Sport are unable to arrange collection from stations to the Sports Plus site. Young people must make their own way to the school from the station. Please see below the list of closest train stations to each venue.
Belfast – Sydenham (2.5miles), Titanic Quarter (5miles)
Dublin – Dundrum Luas Stop (2.5 miles)
Perth – Perth (10miles)
Brecon – Abergavenny (23miles)
Repton – Willington (1.5miles), Burton-on-Trent (5miles), Derby (10miles)
Monkton – Bath Spa (2.8miles)
Can the young person be collected from the airport?
We can on occasion arrange transport from airports. If the young person is travelling by plane please contact the office to discuss the possibility of transport from the airport to the school site.
How do I know if there are places available on the Sports Plus of my choice?
Please check the availability on the main Sports Plus page and on the booking site for the up to date availability at each venue. If spaces are limited please submit your booking form as soon as possible as we cannot guarantee a place in this case.
What if there is no space on the Sports Plus of my choice?
If you complete the booking form we can add the young person to the waiting list for that Sports Plus and we will then be in touch should a space become available. We can also book them onto their second choice camp, while they remain on this waiting list, and be in touch if a place becomes available on their first choice.
What if there is space at the Sports Plus of my choice but not for the sport of my choice?
Please contact the office to discuss whether another sport is an option for the young person. If this is possible then the young person can also be added to the waiting list for their preferred sport and switch across should a place become available. Please note young people must also be playing their second choice sport for a club or team.
Why is there only space for certain sports at the Sports Plus of my choice?
We need to ensure that the number of young people booked for each sport enables the coaches to run quality coaching sessions to help the young people develop in their sport; if they are too high or too low this isn't possible. We set maximum limits on each sport, based on the facilities, number of coaches and equipment available, and once the maximum is reached we are unable to accept anymore bookings for that sport.
Why has the sport of my choice been cancelled?
As well as setting maximum numbers for each sport we set minimum numbers to ensure the coaches can run viable coaching sessions. For example, we cannot run a rugby/hockey/netball/football session for only eight young people, all of differing ages and abilities. As a result if we do not receive sufficient bookings for a certain sport we may be required to cancel that sport and offer those booked an alternative option.
How do I book more than one young person onto Sports Plus?
On completion of the first booking form, a pop up box will appear and to book another participant click 'Register another participant' and repeat the process again until you have completed the booking form for all those young people you wish to book. Once you have completed the final form click 'Checkout' to confirm and process the booking. For further information on the full bookings process please click here.
How will I know if my booking has been successful?
Once you complete the online form you will receive an automated email confirming receipt of the form and then within two weeks we will be in contact confirming if the booking has been successful or if we require any further information.
I booked two young people onto Sports Plus but only received one confirmation email. Have you received both booking forms?
If you complete two or more bookings in the same order you will only receive one order confirmation email but we will have received all the forms. To double check this the automated order confirmation will also indicate how many forms we have received. Please note the order confirmation email will always be in the name of the account holder and not the young people who have been booked on.
What age must my young person be to come to Sports Plus?
Sports Plus is for young people in the following school years in January 2020:
Year 7 to Year 12 (England & Wales)
Year 8 to Year 13 (Northern Ireland)
6th Class to 5th Year (Ireland)
P7 to S5 (Scotland)
If a young person falls within these school years in the country where they attend school, then they can attend any of the seven camps. For example - someone who attends school in England and is in year 7 can attend Sports Plus in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland or Ireland.
All young people must be aged 17 or under for the duration of the week. If they are 18 before the start of camp they must apply for the trainee programme.
Can I reserve a place for my young person?
No. Unfortunately we cannot reserve places for young people.
What if I need to cancel my young person’s booking?
In the event the young person needs to cancel their participation at Sports Plus please confirm this in writing with the Christians in Sport office. The amount refundable is shown below, calculated from the date we receive written confirmation of the cancellation. Please remember that the deposit is non-refundable, therefore the amount refunded is a percentage of the total fees paid to date once the deposit has been removed.
Less than 1 week - no refund
Less than 3 weeks - 25% of total fees refunded (minus the deposit)
Less than 6 weeks - 50% of total fees refunded (minus the deposit)
More than 6 weeks - 100% of total fees refunded (minus the deposit)
A full refund will be given in the unlikely event of Sports Plus being cancelled. Christians in Sport reserve the right to change/cancel any programme elements in the unlikely event of unforeseen circumstances.
When will I receive further details such as kit list and direction?
We will send out an information pack in May and this will include all the details you will need for Sports Plus, including a kit list and directions.
How do I access the Bursary Fund?
The Sports Plus Bursary Fund is available to anyone who needs avail of it. We do not have a set criteria for this and do not ask for proof of income/benefits. You simply select the rate you wish to pay on the booking form and this is all we will ask for when requesting payment. Payment in instalments can also be arranged by contacting the office.
Can I pay using childcare vouchers?
No. We are unable to accept childcare vouchers as payment for Sports Plus.
Do I need to pay when I complete the online form?
No. Payment will only be requested once the young person’s place has been confirmed. Initially a deposit of £75/€75 will be requested to secure the young person’s place, with the balance to follow by Friday 1st May.
Can I pay with a credit/debit card?
Payment can be made online via credit/debit card once the young person's place has been confirmed. You can do this by logging into your account and then selecting 'Make a payment' button along the top. Unfortunately we cannot take payment over the phone.
How can I make a donation to the Sports Plus Bursary Fund?
If you have indicated you wish to donate to the Bursary Fund on the booking form this amount will automatically be added to your balance and you can pay this online. You can also make a separate payment via cheque (payable to ‘Christians in Sport’) or bank transfer. If you are making a separate donation please mark this for the Bursary Fund.
Do I have an outstanding balance?
Please log into your account via our website and click the 'Make a payment' button along the top and this will show your outstanding balance. Alternatively email email@example.com or contact the office on 01869 255630 to confirm any outstanding balance.
Who is Sports Plus aimed at?
Sports Plus is for young people who are serious about sport and play regularly in a club or school team. There is over five hours of sport a day and we want to ensure that young people have the stamina to meet the demands of the week, enabling them to progress in their sport.
What if the young person does not play for a club or team?
If the young person does not play regularly in a club or school team we will contact the parent/guardian to discuss whether Sports Plus is a suitable camp for the young person. In some cases we may request a reference from a coach/PE teacher to support their booking and assist us in making a decision on the suitability of Sports Plus for the young person.
My young person's main sport isn’t offered at Sports Plus, can they still attend?
Please contact the office to discuss if another sport would be a suitable option.
Can the young person change their sport after their booking has been confirmed?
This is usually possible but depends on the number of spaces remaining for the sport they would like to change to. If you would like to change sport please contact the office to discuss whether this is possible.
Will the young person get to try other sports outside of their main sport?
The young people will receive two hours coaching in their main sport each morning and another two hours coaching in a different sport each afternoon. There will be a wider range of afternoon sport choices and the young people choose these each day at Sports Plus.
My young person has selected rugby as his main sport. Should he bring other equipment such as a tennis racket or hockey stick?
The young people need to bring all their own equipment for their main sport but there will be a limited amount of equipment to borrow for any second sports the young person would like to do. However young people may wish to bring certain equipment, such as a tennis racket, to play with during free time.
How are the young people divided into teams?
Young people are divided into single sex teams, based on age, for accommodation, meals, small group Bible studies and Team Challenge. Generally junior teams are those who have just finished Y7-Y9 (Eng & Wal), Y8-10 (NI), 6th Class 2nd Year (Ire) or P7-S2 (Scot) and seniors those who have just finished Y10-12 (Eng & Wal), Y11-13 (NI), 3rd-5th Year (Ire) or S3-S5 (Scot). However please note this is subject to change depending on the breakdown of young people attending that camp.
Can my young person be in the same team as a friend?
On the booking form young people can request to be in the same team as a friend of the same sex and similar age. We try our best to accommodate young people in the team of their choice, with a maximum of three grouped together in the same team, however we cannot guarantee this in every case.
Do many young people come on their own?
There are a number of young people who attend Sports Plus without knowing anyone else. We try our best to ensure that those who attend on their own are in the same team as other young people who attend alone. Once in a team with others we find that young people settle and get to know others quite quickly.
Where are Sports Plus camps held?
All the camps are held at boarding schools throughout the UK and Ireland. Accommodation is in school boarding houses with separate houses for boys and girls. All meals are provided in the school dining hall by the school catering staff.
What facilities will be used for sport?
Designated sports facilities will be used for all sport. These are generally on site at the school however some require off site travel, such as athletics tracks or swimming pools. If off site travel is necessary all drivers and vehicles are fully insured for this purpose.
My young person has specific dietary requirements. Can the school cater for him/her?
Any special dietary requirements included on the booking form will be passed onto the school catering staff who should be able to provide suitable alternatives for the young person as necessary. If in the unlikely event that they cannot cater for the young person or they require further details we will be in touch to discuss this further and in some cases request a photo of the young person.
Can young people share a room with their friends?
Young people are accommodated in rooms/corridors with young people from their team. Rooms range from single rooms to larger dorms depending on the school and boarding house. If young people are in the same team they will either be sharing a room or along the same corridor as others in their teams. However we will not know which boarding house each team will be in until much closer to the time so we cannot guarantee at this stage that they can be in a room together as the team may be in single rooms.
What does a typical day at Sports Plus look like?
Below is the typical timetable of a day at Sports Plus, however times may vary slightly between venues based on meal times set by the schools.
7.45am - Quiet Time
8.00am - Morning Jog (A very short run and Aerobics session to kick off the day.)
8.15am - Breakfast
9.10am - Morning Meeting (A more laid-back whole camp meeting with a chance to look at the theme of the week)
10.00am - First Sport (2 hours of coaching in the young person's chosen sport)
12.15pm - Lunch
1.30pm - Team Meeting (A short time for teams to gather together and unpack the theme of the week as a small group)
2.00pm - Second Sport (2 hours of coaching in a sport of the Young Person's choice which varies from day to day and camp to camp)
4.15pm - Team Challenge (A mix of games that the young people compete in alongside their team against other teams of the same age)
5.15pm - Free Time
6.00pm - Dinner
6.45pm - Free Time
7.30pm - Evening Meeting (An energetic meeting of the whole camp with music, games, singing and a chance to further explore the theme of the week)
9.00pm - Team Time
9.45pm - Lights Out Juniors
10.30pm - Lights Out Seniors
Who leads at Sports Plus?
Each camp will be run by a team of leaders made up of Christians in Sport staff and volunteers. All leaders will undergo an application process, personal references and criminal record checks before being accepted on the team. They will also attend a Safeguarding session run by Christians in Sport.
Do I need to take out insurance to cover the young person at Sports Plus?
Christians in Sport is covered by Public Liability Insurance (£5m). However, you may also wish to take out individual sports insurance or holiday insurance.
Does the young person need to bring any extra money to Sports Plus?
The only extra money your young person may need is for the tuckshop or to buy merchandise, resources or books. Merchandise such as water bottles, t-shirts and hoodies will be on sale and range from around £2 to £20. However this is of course optional.
Christians in Sport is a UK based charity that aims to reach the world of sport for Jesus. We mainly work with sportspeople in competitive and elite sport.
Registered Charity England and Wales 1086570.
Registered Charity Scotland SCO45299.
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