Holiday Clubs as Community Organizations

Paul Stretesky*, Margaret Anne Defeyter, Michael A. Long, Zeb Sattar, Eilish Crilley

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Holiday clubs—publicly or privately operated organizations that provide child care services and healthy food to disadvantaged children in the United Kingdom (UK) when schools are not in session—are increasing in number. We know a good deal about the effectiveness of the clubs in terms of nutrition-related outcomes, but little is known about the anti-poverty resources these holiday clubs may provide. The possibility that club funding may be centralized through the national government requires a better understanding of holiday club resources. This study describes the range of resources that holiday clubs deliver and reports on how these resources are acquired and brokered by club staff and volunteers. We use data from seventeen clubs operating in disadvantaged communities in North East England during the summer of 2017, and find that clubs deliver an assortment of anti-poverty resources that are often tied to staff (personal and professional) networks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-148
Number of pages20
JournalAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
Issue number1
Early online date19 May 2020
Publication statusPublished - May 2020


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