Giving boredom the boot in the Hamptons
As the season changes and everyone in the Hamptons gets more active, it seems like a good time to remind the young people of the Hamptons what’s on offer for them.
With many leisure facilities and a mass of activities available, the Hamptons is a great place for young people to learn something new and to expand friendship groups.
The Hamptons is home to well established sports teams. Hampton FC and Hempsted United have several under-16 teams for girls and boys and A Sporting Hand runs ‘football in the community’ sessions for children as young as three years old.
It’s not just football on offer though. Both Hampton Cricket Club and Hampton Netball Club have junior teams.
Hampton Leisure Centre runs a Table Tennis Club on Tuesdays and a girls’ only club for dance and fitness on Wednesdays.
Karate classes are available for children and young people at Hampton Vale Community Centre and on Monday evenings, Yaxley Runners Club meets at Active Hampton in Hampton Hargate.
If you’d prefer a different kind of challenge, there also thriving Rainbows, Beavers, Brownies, Cubs, Girlguiding and Scouts groups.
For those who prefer to be on the water, there’s the Peterborough Sea Cadets. Members of the unit have access to Teardrop Lake. This is also accessible for members of the Hereward Rowing Club.
Back on solid ground, Froglife takes on volunteers for the Hampton Nature Reserve (under 18s are asked to be accompanied by an adult). Being a volunteer is the only way to access the reserve and is a great way to get up close to nature and learn skills such as assisting with surveys.
For young people with an artistic flair, there are drama, theatre, singing and acting groups.
The Lamphouse Theatre, based in The Undercroft within the Serpentine Shopping Centre, is a resident theatre company that played a big part in the first Hampton Festival in 2017. They created the Hampton Folk Tales and performed them at the festival.
YEM Theatre School runs musical theatre singing and acting workshops every Friday afternoon at CSK Church in Hampton Vale. The group performs throughout the year in the Hamptons.
For budding singers, Peterborough Young Singers (PYS) holds sessions every Saturday morning at CSK Church. PYS also performed at the Hampton Festival last year.
Of course, young people can have fun without needing to join a group. Walking, cycling, and using the open spaces to play sports are free and available all year round! Hampton Skatepark in Hampton Hargate is another popular place for young people to meet and show off their skills on skateboards, scooters and more.
The shopping centre offers a range of shops for young people and coffee shops and fast food restaurants to catch up with friends. Take advantage of group offers in restaurants too.
The Hamptons is a great place for young people to grow up and develop some independence. Take a look at the Community Map to find out more about the clubs and if there’s anything we’ve missed, please add it to the map.