Having a sports mad kid is expensive and doesn't work really very well with stretching the pennies! I do try to look out for any free trial days and inexpensive camps to ensure that he does try a lot of sports out. With each club costing between £2 and £5 per week it adds up but why not add another sport suitable for the whole family completely free!
Parkrun and Junior Parkrun is a countrywide activity run the majority of Saturdays and Sundays in outdoor public spaces. Parkrun is marketed at Adults (although kids can do it too!) it is 5 km and generally on Saturday at 9 am. Junior Parkrun is 2 km and generally on Sunday at 9 am. Junior Parkrun is for 4-14 year old's, parents can accompany the kids although they will not be given and time or position.
To compete you have to register in advance and then print a barcode. Then you simply turn up on the day and run. At the end of the run you are given a tab with a position on it, this is scanned together with your barcode and within about an hour you get an email with your time, position, age related grading and a record of your personal best among other things.
You are not even tied to one Parkrun location, if you are away you can look up the one local to where you are and just do that one. They are not even all in parks! We go to one that runs along the sea front.
How much does this all cost you I hear you ask! Not one penny. Parkrun has a number of sponsors who pay for everything so really it is a totally free family activity.
To find out more about Parkrun click HERE.