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Brief history and development of the club

1990 Funfishers After School Club was set up by a group of parents who needed out of school childcare. The club was one of the first after school clubs to be established in the City of York. The Club occupied a disused classroom in Fishergate School.

1998 Funfishers was awarded a grant of £92,000 from the National Lottery Charities Board to lease and refurbish a disused building in Fishergate School playground. The Club moved to new premises in September 1998 and offered places for 30 children.

2000 The Breakfast Club opened. Start-up support was provided through grants from City of York Council and the Fishergate Ward Committee.

2001 With the assistance of a grant amounting to £9,096 from the New Opportunities Fund, Funfishers Holiday Club opened in Summer 2001.

2005 Fishergate School donated six personal computers which enabled Funfishers to provide a computer suite for the children’s use. Games suitable for all our age groups make this a popular option for the children.

2006 The upstairs area was refurbished into a “Chill out” zone for Years 5 and 6, funded by a Sure Start grant from City of York Council. This increased the number of childcare places available to 40.

2007 We opened a Playgroup catering for children aged 2-5 years, assisted by a New Places grant awarded by City of York Council and donations from the York Children’s Trust, the York Common Good Trust, and the Norman Collinson Charitable Trust. We have also got an allotment (down Kilburn Road), this has had extensive work done to it as it was like a jungle, the children make regular visits and are growing "our own produce" (hopefully!!!!)
Funfishers acheived Step Three to Quality Assurance, being one of the first out of school clubs to receive this prestigous award.

2008 The premises had  major refurbishment work, upgrading and painting  the internal areas to the club.

A successfull funding bid from Awards for All was granted to continue the good work that the team do here in promoting outdoor activities and a more healthy lifestyle to all children in our care.

October half term saw the re-opening of the holiday club, this had been closed due to the decline in numbers of children using the club, but after re-assessing what we offer and several meetings with parents and the committee we have now been able to continue this provision. The age range now is 3-11 offering parents/carers a greater opportunity for younger children and siblings to join us here in the holidays.

2009 A new external door and gate security system was introduced enabled by City of York Capital funding Bid
 we had an excellent ofsted inspection

 

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