Testimonials

Comments made by parents and children about their experience of the Holiday Programme.

GENERAL COMMENTS

The website booking system is the best I’ve ever come across. Really user-friendly, sophisticated and well designed and contain all the information you need. Follow up email reminders are really useful.

Parent

It was the best summer holiday I have ever had and I loved it!

(Male 11 years)

Your activity programme is a great asset to the bay that a great many areas of the country do not have.  The wide variety and different ages catered for are really impressive. Your website and booking are very informative and make the decision process for parents and children easy to make. The quality of the staff delivering was very high and inspiring for both my daughter and myself watching.   In these hard times it is good to see that Torbay and Paignton Community & Sports College see the value in investing in our children when they are not at school.

(Parent)

You always provide excellent activities and I often recommend the programme to others.

(Parent)

All of the activities were well organised and my children found them very enjoyable.  Thank you!

(Parent)

Really appreciate the breadth of the activities on offer.  We would have done more if we could have fitted them in!

(Parent)

The whole programme is an excellent idea and we as grandparents have found it very useful for offering our grandson opportunities we could of not taken up where he usually resides in Oxfordshire. I found all the staff extremely helpful and pleasant and my grandson had no qualms about joining the activities despite not knowing anyone, he was made to feel very welcome.

(Grandparent)

The more my son attends the more confident he becomes at trying other activities.

(Parent)

It was all great, looking forward to picking loads more activities next year.

(Parent)

Excellent organisation, having all activities in one area on one website, fantastic idea making it a very simple process to coordinate activities. Just wish our local area did something similar!

(Parent)

Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant!

(Parent)

It was fantastic and I want to do it all again.

(Male 11 years)

Thanks for a well entertained summer!

(Parent)

All activities were really good and thoroughly enjoyed by my little boy.

(Parent)

Will definitely do them again and I have already recommended them to several people.  Keep up the good work.  My son had a really good summer!

(Parent)

Fantastic service!

(Parent)

Well done to all involved in the planning, implementation and delivering of this programme and thank you.

(Parent)

They were all great, no complaints! Brilliant! I’m so impressed with the holiday program, I wish they had these sort of activities when I was young. THANK YOU ALL!

(Parent)

Thank you very much for another superb holiday programme.

(Parent)

Feel really lucky to have this available in our area.

(Parent)

My kids took part in football, kayaking, gymnastics, tennis. Everything they experienced was of excellent quality and they thoroughly enjoyed it. We will definitely do it again. What a fantastic programme!

Parent

Both had lots of fun and would like to do it again next year.

(Parent)

I had a great time.  I would like to do more activities next year. Thank you.

(Male 8 years)

Thank you for providing a great service with activities not normally available to children.

(Parent)

The website is really great – easy to navigate around and well laid out.

(Parent)

Fantastically organised and a great choice of activities.  As a working single parent, without these activities the school holidays would be exceptionally boring for my son!!

(Parent)

Whole programme much appreciated. Great range of activities and venues.

(Parent)

They’ll definitely do this again. This has really helped to make the kids holidays.

(Parent)

Grandma, I would love to repeat everything next year.

(Female 8 years old)

Really well informed and organised.

(Parent)

Extremely well organised, great value and fabulous fun. The programme provides an opportunity to trial a different activity that children may not otherwise have.

(Parent)

This was the first time we had used the programme, but will most definitely use it again. It is great for the children to try activities they might not otherwise get to take part in.

(Parent)

We are grateful for the fact that this is an ‘inclusive’ organisation and hence does not discriminate among children.

(Parent)

I think it is a good programme and gives children the chance to try different activities.

(Parent)

It’s a great programme, we really appreciate it.

(Parent)

The children enjoyed all the activities they participated in and had a great experience trying out things they had not done before.

(Parent)

My son loved every minute of every day.

(Parent)

“I absolutely loved football and the guys were great” Child previously disliked football!

(Grandma)

My daughter loved every single one! Her confidence has grown and made her summer holidays.

(Parent)

They both really enjoyed their sessions and would like to partake again next holiday.

(Parent)

Both children came back from their activities, telephoned home and were ecstatic about the week.

(Grandma)

ACTIVITY COMMENTS

I enjoyed abseiling down a 26 metre rock face near Berry Head, building a den and a hammock then playing in them.

(Male 11 years)

Abseiling & Bushcraft Day

My son really enjoyed the Grenville House kayaking and coasteering day despite originally being nervous and not wanting to be left.

(Parent)

Activity Day at Grenville House

The gymnastics at both venues was great.

(Parent)

Gymnastics

They absolutely loved the whole day riding and came home buzzing and really keen to do it again next holiday!

(Parent)

Horse Riding

Thanks to the sports programme both of my boys discovered a new activity and now do motor cross every weekend.  The surfing activity gave my son confidence whilst on holiday in Cornwall and because of the South Devon Gymnastics Day, my daughter now goes to gymnastics every week.  The programme allowed her to find out if she enjoyed it and it was an affordable way to do this.

(Parent)

Motor Cross

My children really had a great time on all of the activities, especially kayaking and the Activity Day at Grenville House.  I was very impressed with all of the staff and venues and felt very confident that my children were in good hands.  They are extremely keen to do more activities in the future. Thank you very much.

(Parent)

Activity Day at Grenville House

Loved it!  It gave my daughter a fantastic introduction to kayaking and confidence in it, which then prompted me to buy a double kayak for me and her and we get loads of fun out of it thanks to her new confidence gained at Grenville.

(Parent)

Activity Day at Grenville House

My child enjoyed her gymnastics and can’t wait to start sessions at the club.

(Parent)

Gymnastics

My children loved the horse riding and surfing – great success!

(Parent)

Horse Riding & Surfing

Was well organised and friendly and very accommodating.

(Parent)

Tennis

Raft building and high climbing at Grenville house and using the canoe at the indoor water sports were my favourites, but I enjoyed all the things I did and would like to do them again. I also liked having to work together as a team.

(Male 8 years)

Activity Day at Grenville House & Indoor Watersports

My son loved Battlefield live

(Parent)

Battlefield Live

I loved riding the down the lanes.

(Female 5 years)

Horse Riding

My child absolutely loved the cooking.

(Parent)

Let’s Get Cooking

Although Motor cross is expensive, it is a well organised and very rewarding day for my son.  It’s a special treat that he normally does two/three times a year.

(Parent)

Motor Cross

Fantastic, Staff were brilliant.

(Parent)

Battlefield

Thought the staff at Grenville House were excellent and my daughter had a brilliant day.

(Parent)

Activity Day at Grenville House

They absolutely loved the golf lesson and are desperate to go again.

(Parent)

Golf

I learnt about the big responsibility of caring for a horse and how careful you have to be with different horses.

(Female 12yrs)

Horse Riding

Excellent coaches at Torquay tennis.

(Parent)

Mini Tennis

They absolutely loooved sweet treats and came away with lots of goodies afterwards, which they were thrilled with!

(Parent)

Sweet Treats

Torquay Tennis Club and, in particular, Tracey and Kevin were absolutely fantastic and lovely with the children. My daughter thoroughly enjoyed it and is now going to join one of the after-school squads.

(Parent)

Mini Tennis

STAFF COMMENTS

Found this staff friendly & the activity well organised.

(Parent)

I was really pleased with all of the staff who were very friendly and caring.

(Parent)

Very trustworthy.

(Parent)

Everyone went out of their way to aid the children and relations.

(Parent)

Very friendly staff, my children were very excited and happy to share their experience with us when they got home.

(Parent)

Staff were really helpful when we arrived at the venues, which helps working parents relax knowing that their children are in really competent care.

(Parent)

I can’t fault your staffing or organisation – Claire is very switched on and seems prepared for all eventualities – very impressed with special needs inclusion.

(Parent)

Well organised.  Nice staff.

(Parent)

All staff and instructors were brilliant and thank you so much, my daughter had a great time!

(Parent)

Lovely welcoming staff, well organised.

(Parent)

The children have been doing the Holiday Programme for a while now so they get to know most of the staff really well which is lovely.

(Parent)

The staff were lovely to the children, when an activity required them to take the mini bus they weren’t at all worried because they knew the teaching staff from other activity days.

(Parent)

Staff were very polite caring and great with children.

(Parent)

I felt the one to one support was very well organised and each person knew my son and greeted him and made him feel welcome. Thank you he enjoyed his sessions and I felt confident in leaving him.

(Parent)

I am very happy with the way Claire has promoted the activities programme since when it first started.  I have used the holiday programme for the last 6 years for each of my 4 children and I am impressed with the way it has grown and improved.  I think Claire has done an excellent job and long may it continue! Thank you to Claire and her team.

Everyone was very friendly and helpful and I felt totally confident with leaving my children with them.

(Parent)

I was most impressed by the friendliness and enthusiasm of all staff including those answering the phone.

(Parent)

I rang to check, found them very helpful and they got back to me quickly.

(Parent)