summer activity Tag

Behind every great sporting star is a coach who inspired them or honed their natural talent into jaw-dropping magic. 


And every coach has to start somewhere – could this be the start of your path to the top? 


As part of Strengthening Families – By Your Side, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) is partnering with Kings Active Foundation to run a sports leadership programme called Rookie Academy, helping young people get more out of their school holidays.  


From the age of 15 you can opt to join this programme, where you will learn how to coach and be a young leader through practical, hands-on activities. It has three levels, with each level taking around two weeks to complete; you can only take one level per season. 


As part of the Rookie Academy, you will receive a T-shirt, a wristband, a workbook, certificates of achievement and online resources to support and reiterate the learning principles.  

What does a Rookie do on camp?

What does a Rookie do on camp?

Using your workbook as a guide, Rookies are supported by Red Tops (Kings Camps staff) to complete tasks and learn about the role. When ready, you can get involved in supporting and leading your own sessions. All of this practical experience will be recorded in your log book. 


When you have completed your training, Rookies are celebrated on their camp with a graduation, which is a fantastic way to inspire the younger children. This qualification can be added to your CV and included in any college or university applications, as Level 3 is accredited by 1stForSport. 


Lots of Rookies return in subsequent seasons as Red Tops. Whether you return to work with Kings Camps or not, it’s an opportunity to kick start your coaching career and develop your leadership, communication and interpersonal skills. 


As part of your learning, you will also complete some modules via Kings Camps’ Online Learning Platform. 


To complete the final assessment for each level, you must log a minimum number of hours as a group leader; for Level One, for example, this is five hours. 


The aim of Rookie Academy is to guide your understanding of what it takes to be a great coach, along with sports specific health and safety practice from a coach’s perspective and help you learn how to help others develop in sport activities through a variety of challenges and tasks.

Level 1

When completing level 1, you will learn:

  • What qualities make a great coach
  • How to identify risks and hazards
  • How to reduce risks and hazards
  • How to create an appropriate warm up and cooldown
  • How to deliver a warm up and cool down to children 
  • Observation of coaching techniques
  • How to assist the Red Tops
Level 2

When completing level 2, you will learn:

  • What activities are best suited to certain sports and why
  • How to progress through an activity and why we use progression as a coaching tool
  • How to plan and deliver more detailed activities
  • Different ways to manage health and safety on camp
  • An understanding of what competition is and why we use it
Level 3

When completing level 3, you will learn:

  • How to plan an effective sport session
  • How to assess and analyse performance
  • The importance of competition
  • Session planning to meet the needs of your participants
  • Reflecting on your own performance as a junior coach
  • How to set targets
  • What transferable skills in sport are
  • How to adapt activities
Summer activity camps

The RNRMC have also announced the return of Activity Camps this summer. The RNRMC are once again working in partnership with The Kings Active Foundation and the Royal Navy to provide leading sports and activity camps to Naval families with children between 5 – 17 years old at a heavily subsidised cost. Find out more about the camps here.


Register your interest


Posted on: 21st April, 2021


An extended funding partnership between the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) and Kings Camps is about to enable more children and young people from Naval Service families to access sports and activity camps right across the UK and at a significantly subsidised rate of £60 per week.


In addition to operating Kings Camps for 1,800 children at 8 Royal Navy bases, Naval Service families can now access Kings Camps at 55 locations across the UK, from Aberdeen to Cornwall.


The announcement follows input from the NFF informing RNRMC of the need to support dispersed families.


Richard Holmes, CEO of Kings Camps, states:

‘We’re a not-for-profit with a vision of a world where children love being active, so we are absolutely delighted to be strengthening our partnership to enable thousands of children from Naval Service families to be active, have fun and learn together, and to be significantly helping Navy families. The fantastic contribution by the RNRMC enables us to provide a 5-day experience for just £60 per child; this represents a reduction of around 66% off our standard charge.’


Adrian Bell, CEO of RNRMC, is equally as pleased with the partnership:

‘The feedback we’ve had from Royal Navy and Royal Marine families that have accessed this service has been overwhelmingly positive, so to be able to extend this opportunity to Naval Service families wherever they live in the UK is an obvious next step.’


Anna Wright, CEO of the Naval Families Federation, said:

‘This is a tremendous development in support of dispersed families during school holidays. I think this is a really positive step in terms of tackling the very complex and multi-faceted issue of childcare.’


Around 1.5 million children have attended Kings Camps since 1991. During a typical week, children get to participate in around 30 activities, the environment is friendly, fun and inclusive and Kings have a high regard for safeguarding and child-welfare. Kings are the only organisation in the activity-camp sector that have independent parent-reviews, regularly receiving maximum scores for customer experience and product rating.


Kings’ national network of programmes are based at schools and universities with exceptional facilities and they feature at HMNB Clyde, RNAS Culdrose, Northwood Joint Forces, HMNB Devonport, HMS Collingwood, HMS Temeraire, RNAS Yeovilton and CTCRM Lympstone.


Read more about this latest partnership in Homeport magazine (Summer ’19 edition, p.34-35) here.



For information on Kings Camps Summer 2019 in the Portsmouth area, please visit this page. Full information can be found at and bookings can be made by calling the experienced and knowledgeable Kings Camps booking team on 0114 263 2160 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.


Posted on: 10th May, 2019
Updated on: 17th June, 2019

The Annington Challenge, run in conjunction with The Outward Bound Trust, gives young people from military families the chance to tackle their very own outward bound adventure and is now open to applications for Summer 2019.


Challengers will camp out for two nights or more in some of the most beautiful and breath-taking parts of the UK and get the chance to tackle anything from abseiling, canoeing and gorge-walking to sailing, kayaking and climbing. They tackle these activities in small groups and are helped, instructed and inspired by one of the Outward Bound’s highly qualified and hugely motivating instructors.


The Annington Challenge, like all of the Outward Bound courses, aims to change how young people think and feel about themselves and their lives, by building their personal, social and emotional skills and giving them the ability to thrive at school, in further education, employment and in life. Participants learn a deep appreciation of the balance between risk, reward and responsibility and leave with transferrable, essential life skills.


Read more about the Annington Challenge here (Homeport Winter ’18 pages 54-55).


For 2019, 65 young people aged between 11-19 will be chosen for a place on the Annington Challenge. Their dedicated instructor will play a huge role throughout this; coaching and sharing their skills, knowledge and expertise so that participants leave equipped to stand out from the crowd and realise their ambitions and achieve their life goals.


The Annington Challenge is open to all children of Service families, regardless of background. Applications will need the support of their school or college and if chosen, Challengers must be prepared to write a short report on their Annington Challenge. If you are interested in enrolling your young person in this programme, please apply through this link.


Posted on: 9th January 2018
Updated on: 15th January, 2019