'Minecraft' holiday camps make a successful return this summer

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By Teddington People | Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 22:23

A new series of affordable digital holiday camps teaching girls and boys how to build their own apps, programme Minecraft-style games and build robots, will launch in Twickenham from July following on from two sell out trials at NPL and St Mary's University.

The 'Surf & Turf' summer camps, to be held at the Stoop, will be led by digital experts. Young people will learn cutting edge digital skills but will also take part in sporting and team building exercises. The clubs are based on US camps which have seen a surge in numbers as a result of the increasing importance of digital skills.

Twickenham mum and entrepreneur behind the clubs, Julie Dawson, explained: "Programming plays an increasingly important part in the UK economy and it's becoming much more important for our children to be digitally savvy. Compared to the scale of opportunity that digital technology holds, very few people currently possess either the programming skills or the confidence to create new technology, whether it be websites, apps, computers, robots – or things we can’t even imagine yet.

"The solution I wanted, but could not find, was an affordable holiday camp that would help to build both a healthy body and a healthy mind. I wanted something for kids that offered digital/enterprise activities as well as sports and team building. "

This year's summer camps, aimed at 8-13 year olds, will be held at the Harlequins Stadium at the Stoop on Langhorn Drive.

They start on Monday 28 July and will run from 8.30am-5pm with three, week long camps as follows:

• July 28 – August 1

• August 4-8

• August 11-15

To book your place now visit the Surf & Turf website or call 077699 78225.



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