Summer 2023 Activities



The Summer So far


Week 1


Breakfast Club Monday

40 parents and children attended our first breakfast club of the summer.

"Great event my grandson wanted to come again this morning"












Football Pop-ups Wednesday and Friday

32 at East Beacon Lough and 65 at Saltwell Park enjoyed four hours of football and an excellant buffet from the Schooner.






















Boxing Tuesday

A group of lads Ben works with from Bensham decided to try out as Rocky courtesy of Go the Distance Community Boxing Club in Durham.












Gardening Thursday

Thank you to the Schooner for letting us host our gardening and crafting session under cover from the rain.










Week 2


Anyone for Tennis Monday

22 Children took part in the Foundations first ever Tennis picnic session at Saltwell Park. 















Football Camps Tuesday - Thursday

It would not be summer without the Foundation Football camps enjoyed by 150 children who were also able to take a breather and watch the first team train.























Hall Hill Farm Trip Friday

Week 2 comes to an end with 50 parents and children visiting the farm.













































Week 3


Its Tennis Monday

Our 3rd week started with our second tennis session of the summer with 28 attendees.































Tuesday Round 2 Boxing

The lads were back at Go the Distance Community Boxing Club in Durham for some more boxing training.

























Wednesday and Friday Football Pop-ups

Two more football Pop-ups at Felling Park and back to East Beacon Lough. Word must be getting out as over 50 attendees at each session.




































Thursday Family Trip

The next family trip was to Jesmomnd Dene where we bumped into a bear and Ben could not resist a game of football.




























































Friday breakfast club

Our second breakfast club of the summer went down a storm with 38 attending. Thats to Emily and Paul our volunteers for helping out.














Week 4 

Monday Breakfast club

Another great Breakfast club on Monday A little rain didn’t dampen the spirits at The Breakfast and Fun. Best brekkie went to little Frankie with her cereal and strawberries. And of course who couldn’t resist our bacon and sausage sarnies and our yummy Belgium waffles. Lots of fun and food!


































Tuesday - Thursday

Our second session of football camps for 50+ children a day went down a storm.















































Friday  Alnwick Gardens/Lilidorei

What a day out at Alnwick Gardens and Lilidorei. We had a full house with 63 attendees on our free community outing. As you can see Clarky enjoyed himself! 

‘Great trip today, thank you. The boys were super chuffed to get Ben on the big slide.’ Lisa H
A huge thank you to Alnwick Gardens, L&G Coaches, The Schooner, The Ballinger Trust and everyone who came along and made this such a wonderful day.
















































Planned Events



Free Community Breakfast and Fun Club

Come along to Bensham Grove Community Hall for a delicious free hot and cold buffet with tea, coffee and fruit juice whilst your child enjoys games, crafts and activities with our Children's Community Crafter.


  • Monday 24th July 9:30 - 11:00
  • Friday 11th August 9:30 - 11:00
  • Monday 14th August 9:30 - 11:00
  • Friday 25th August 9:30 -11:00



Football Camps

Our Free Summer Football Camps will be running at Gateshead International Stadium on the following dates for children aged 5 to 13:

  • Tuesday 1st August - Thursday 3rd August Gateshead International Stadium 9am - 3pm

  • Tuesday 15th August - Thursday 17th August Gateshead International Stadium 9am - 3pm


To book your places see the link below

Fully Booked.




Football Pop-ups

As well as the Football camps we will be running a number of free pop up coaching sessions at parks throughout Gateshead for children aged 5 to 13.  Why not pop along and see Ben at the sessions no need to book and picnic food provided.

  • Wednesday 26th July Beacon Lough Park 10am - 2pm
  • Friday 28th July Saltwell Park 10am - 2pm
  • Wednesday 9th August Felling Park Park 10am - 2pm
  • Friday 11th August Beacon Lough Park Park 10am - 2pm
  • Wednesday 23rd August Carhill Top Park 10am - 2pm
  • Friday 25th August Felling Park Park 10am - 2pm



Storytelling / Crafting sesssions


We will be running a number of story telling and crafting sessions throughout the holidays. Each with a free lunch provided for participants.

  • Giraffe's Can't Dance - Monday 21st August Gateshead Central Library 11:30am - 1pm. 
  • Fairy Tea Party - Thursday 24th August Bensham Grove Community Centre 11:30am - 1pm
  • The Stompyosuarus - Wednesday 30th August The Baltic 11:30am - 1pm


To book your places see the links below.

Fully Booked.


Schooner in Bloom Gardening and crafts

A gardening and craft session will be held on Thursday 27th July Schooner Pub on South Shore Road 11am- 1pm.

Planting and crafting activities. Free tea coffee and Ice cream for attendees. No need to book just turn up on the day.



Tennis Sessions

The Foundation will also running free Tennis coaching sessions  at Saltwell Park for children aged 8 - 13. Why not pop along and see Ben at the sessions no need to book.

  • Monday 31st July Saltwell Park 11:30am - 1pm
  • Monday 7th August Saltwell Park 11:30am - 1pm
  • Monday 14th August Saltwell Park 11:30 - 1pm



Community Family Trips

The Foundation will be running community family trips to popular attractions throughout the holidays.


Hall Hill Farm

Friday 4th August  10am – 4:30pm

Leave Bensham Grove Community Centre 10am return 4:30pm.  Free lunch provided.

To book your places see the link below.

Fully Booked.


Jesmond Dene and Pets corner

Thursday 10th August 10am – 4pm

Leave Bensham Grove Community Centre 10am return 4pm.  Free lunch provided.

To book your places see the link below.

Fully Booked.


Alnwick Gardens and Lilidorei

Friday 18th August 9:30am – 4:30pm

Leave Bensham Grove Community Centre 9:30am return 4:30pm.  Free lunch provided.

To book your places see the link below.

Fully Booked.