Speaking about the project David Young said "I think it is a great idea to have these projects running in the schools. As a father of three teenage boys I know the difficulties of balancing being in full time work and making sure that your kids have time to enjoy activities in a safe environment. It's great to know that the kids are well looked after and can try different sports after school finishes."
Bradley Davies a former pupil at Y Pant comprehensive which will join the E3+ project in September added "I was always a mad sports fan when I was at school so to have activities like the ones available today would have been great. What's great is that the kids can try a variety of things and maybe find a sport that really suits them and that they would enjoy".
The project started at Porth County School before being introduced to Tonyrefail and Aberdare Schools. Pupils are able to access these facilities and have transport home free of charge. The intention is to offer this service to young people at schools up until 8pm, benefiting children, families and the local community.
Due to the success of the pilot after school project E3+, Rhondda-Cynon-Taf County Borough Council has taken the bold step of rolling out the programme to 3 more schools from September 07 with 4 other schools to participate from September 08.
E3+, the pioneering service for young people has proved to be extremely popular, providing diverse activities such as circus skills, ten pin bowling and salsa dancing as well as the traditional after school activities.
"The success of E3+ is down to the consultation with young people as to what activities and services they want to see delivered and the fantastic facilities that are available in our schools and communities that are presently under utilised." said Council Leader Russell Roberts
The service is free for all children and includes transport to and from centres as well as a subsidised healthy meal option so that parents can feel secure in the knowledge that their children are participating in constructive activities in a safe and caring environment.
From September 07 Tonypandy, Coed y Lan and Y Pant/Brynna all become true community schools by offering these services to young people as well as additional provision for residents of the communities in their catchment area.
"This is an incredible opportunity for the people in and around Pontypridd and we are delighted to be on board what is being recognised as a real positive step in giving young people the service they want." Commented Mr Kripps Headteacher at Coed y Lan