It's not every day that you'll get something for nothing, but it seems as if Asda is breaking that rule with their Sporting Chance sports activities for children this Easter.
For the Easter Holidays, Asda are offering free sports and activity sessions across the UK, with no purchase necessary. You simply pop into your local Asda and pick up a voucher – although should you decide to buy your milk and bread while you're there, I'm sure they wont mind.
Fiona Campbell-Reilly, Asda head of community, said: “"Easter holidays are upon us and evenings are getting lighter, so it's a great time for children to get involved with a local sporting activity. We all love a good Easter egg, however it's important to balance this out by encouraging children to keep active and healthy and take advantage of the Sporting Chance free sessions."
The scheme has been running for three years – this will be the fourth – and over 89,000 families took part in the free sessions last year. There are over 100,000 free sports and activity sessions planned throughout this Easter holiday and each session is designed to keep children entertained and active.
You can find out what's going on in your area by visiting the Asda Sporting Chance website, and if you want more information on eating better and tips on moving more you can visit Change4Life which Asda supports.
I did an activity search in an area I know to be relatively deprived – they even closed the leisure centre a few years ago – for a child aged two and under, honestly not thinking anything would come up. Surprisingly, there were two options – football and dance – within one mile of the postcode.
Then I searched for a 10 year old, and found three types of martial arts and two ball sports within five miles.
I must say I am pretty impressed with the variety on offer.
While we're munching away on Easter eggs and the evenings are getting longer, why not take advantage of these beautifully sunny days and get the kids involved in free sporting activities. You know what Asda will say, after all? That's right. Every little helps.
Image: Olympian Alistair Brownlee with children & free sports vouchers