Sports and leisure centres across Tendring have been tempting youngsters away from the iPad and off the sofa to take part in a range of activities this week.
The aim at the facilities in Clacton, Dovercourt, Harwich and Manningtree – which are run by Tendring District Council (TDC) - is to promote a healthier lifestyle.
The sites, some of which include pools, have organised a host of courses and sessions to get young people active over the half term break.
Qualified coaches have been brought in to put the youngsters through their paces and also encourage them to enjoy the fun with others.
Some of the activities have been outside on tennis courts and artificial football pitches, while others have been arranged in sports halls.
Lynda McWilliams, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Health and Wellbeing, said a similar programme is run through most school holidays.
“It is a fact that these days many youngsters spent many hours in front of the computer or television and on their iPads,” she said.
“It is our goal to try to entice them into our facilities and promote healthier lifestyles and wellbeing.
“If they enjoy themselves they may make it a regular part of their week – and they may also bring their friends along too.
“For some it will be the first time they have been to our sites but we hope it certainly won’t be the last.”
Among the sports on offer were football, tennis, trampolining, wall climbing, basketball, netball, gymnastics and dodgeball. Youngsters could also try out street dance, roller disco and cheerleading or go into the swimming pool.