Covid Adaptions for Summer 2020

We’re really pleased to be operating at a number of Kings Camps locations this summer meaning we’ll be providing meaningful work, as we give children of key-workers and families in general the opportunity to get active, have fun and learn together.

Here’s some more information about how we’re planning to staff our summer camps.

Contact with us

We’re working with a reduced staff team who are prioritising contact with staff that are scheduled to work at one of our confirmed locations. We ask that you only contact us if, having read the information below, you have a further question relating to your employment this summer. Currently we’re not processing any overseas applications and we’ll be in contact with applicants after summer.

The impact of COVID-19 means we’re even more determined to provide children with the opportunity for getting active, having fun and learning together this summer, we’ve a good number of Kings Camps locations operating, with around 200 coaching roles available.

To find out more about where, when and how we’re operating, please read the following information prior to calling or emailing

Confirmed Venues

  • Birmingham – Blue Coat
  • Birmingham – Kings Edwards School
  • Bradford Grammar School
  • Bristol – Redmaids School
  • Cambridge – Kings School
  • Cambridge – St Johns College
  • Cardiff – Howell’s School
  • Chester – The Kings School
  • Coventry – Bablake School
  • Halifax – Hipperholme Grammar School
  • Ilkley Grammar School
  • Liverpool – King David High School
  • Loughborough Grammar School
  • Manchester – Cheadle Hulme School
  • Northampton High School
  • Plymouth (Royal Navy)
  • Portsmouth (Royal Navy)
  • Middlesex (Armed Forces)
  • Portsmouth Grammar School
  • Reading – Queen Anne’s School
  • Sheffield Girls High School
  • York – Millthorpe School

Cancelled Venues

  • Aberdeen – RGU:Sport
  • Bakewell – St Anselms
  • Bath – Royal High School
  • Bradford – Woodhouse Grove School
  • Cambridge – The Perse School
  • Cambridge – Trumpington Sports Centre
  • Cambridge – University of Cambridge
  • Cheltenham – Ladies College
  • Chivenor – RM Chivenor
  • Dollar – Dollar Academy
  • Dundee – University of Dundee
  • Edinburgh – Heriot-Watt University Oriam
  • Edinburgh – Merchiston Castle
  • Edinburgh – Stewart’s Melville College
  • Edinburgh – University
  • Exeter – Exeter University
  • Glasgow – Jordanhill School
  • Harrogate – Ashville College
  • Helensburgh – Lomond School
  • Helston – RNAS Culdrose
  • Hull – Hymers College
  • Kirkham – Kirkham Grammar School
  • Leeds University
  • Leicester – Leicester Grammar School
  • Letchworth – St. Francis School
  • Lympstone – CTCRM
  • Macclesfield – Kings School
  • Maidstone – Sutton Valence School
  • Manchester – Bridgewater
  • Monmouth – Haberdashers’ MS Sports Centre
  • Monmouth – Haberdashers’ SFG
  • Nottingham University
  • Norwich – City Academy
  • St. Albans School
  • Glasgow – Strathyclyde University – Glasgow
  • Wakefield – Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
  • Yeovil – RNAS Yeovilton
  • York – St John’s University

COVID-19 impact on Kings & your employment

Activity camps providers have been hit hard by COVID-19, and Kings is no different. In response, we’ve significantly reduced our costs, including taking advantage of the government’s very generous job retention scheme, however very regretfully we’ve also had to let some of our team go. As part of essential costs reductions, we’re asking all Kings Camps programme staff, that work for more than 2 weeks, to contribute by donating one week of their paid employment as a volunteer week e.g for someone working 3, 4 or 5 weeks, we ask that one of those is a volunteer week. By supporting us in this way, we will make a significant saving that will help us to ensure our mission continues.

We’re confirming staff teams now and our team will start to call contracted staff at confirmed venues to agree this summer’s paid/voluntary contracts and answer any questions you have.

We’re grateful to the many staff that have donated a week already, but we’re also understanding of those not in a position to help us in this way and it won’t affect your employment with us.

Preparation for work & operating safely

Because of COVID-19, some of our operating procedures have been amended in line with government guidance (see Additional Operating Procedures below) and as part of our staff training and induction we shall be providing COVID-adapted information via 3 compulsory steps:

  1. Updated online learning course – Looking After Children
  2. Video call by staff team with our operations team prior to induction day
  3. COVID-adapted team induction day on the weekend prior to camp starting

Additional Operating Procedures for COVID-19

Having worked with over 2 million children throughout our 30-year history, we understand how to create safe environments where children can be active, have fun and learn with others.

In response to the unique challenge of COVID-19, we have developed and tested COVID-specific operating procedures, and these will be integrated into our standard operating procedures for our summer 2020 programmes.

Our guiding principle for all policies and procedures is that we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Safer recruitment is central to the way we work and all staff and volunteers are expected to share our commitment to safeguarding, always creating an environment where young people feel safe and can thrive

COVID-specific procedures will be integrated into staff training, and our audit process to ensure they are adhered to.

Our procedures are available to all Kings Camps stakeholders including parents, programme personnel and venue personnel.

For further information about our operating procedures contact, Nick Brushett – Head of Operations – nick.brushett@kingsactive.org

1. Social distancing

Core principle: we will follow the latest distancing guidelines

  1. Reduced child-numbers
  2. Full-week extended bookings only
  3. No more than 15 children per group
  4. Child groups maintained throughout the week, with a consistent group leader
  5. Activities to be adapted to ensure distancing, including equipment use adaptions
  6. Higher emphasis on being outdoor
  7. Parents will not be allowed into the venue other than to a registration perimeter for contactless registration
  8. Staggered breaks and lunchtimes where facilities don’t allow multiple groups

2. Hygiene

Core principle: higher levels of hygiene are required

  1. Parents encouraged to provide their children with personal hand-sanitiser
  2. Staff expected to provide; and have with them at all times; personal hand-sanitiser
  3. Staff and children to wash their hands, either with hand-sanitiser, or at wash-basins, each time they enter and exit the site
  4. Stringent hand washing policy that includes before and after each activity session, breaks, lunchtimes and after toilet breaks
  5. Staff responsible for regular hygiene reminders
  6. Where direct contact occurs; for example, tending to First Aid; staff to wear protective gloves and wash hands afterwards
  7. Doors to be kept open where possible, especially for sports halls, toilets and changing rooms
  8. Adapted and restricted activities that involve touch
  9. Daily cleaning of equipment by our staff
  10. Parents encouraged to provide pens, books etc for their child to use during less-active sessions
  11. Regular cleaning of high-touch facilities by Kings staff (in addition to regular facility cleaning by venue)

3. Supervising children

Core principle: prioritising distancing and hygiene

  1. Staff to supervise hand-washing for under 8s and monitor over 8s
  2. Staff to be vigilant about signs of infection and follow government guidelines for responding to infection
  3. High priority to enforce distancing and hygiene practices listed in 1&2