About Our Team
Our Camps are a family business started in 2019!
Rowan and Mike moved to Wickwar in 2018 shortly before the birth of their first child, to be closer to family.
Having just had a child they became more focused on facilities and services in the local area for children and are passionate about contributing to their improvement.
Both of them have extensive experience with children and have both worked/managed youth groups and holiday camps previously.
Michael French (Manager/Director)
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Mike is an experienced camp manager, having previously manged other day camps such as Super Camps and Kings Camps.
Mike is a degree qualified sports coach with a special interest in volleyball, rugby and wheelchair basketball.
Mikes job (when he's not running day camps) is as a Sport Lecturer at SGS College in Filton/Stroud and works specifically with Forest Green Rovers and Bristol Rovers U18 Football team.
Mike has been a coach for the Company Rugby Tots for a number of years enjoying teaching 2-6 year olds basic sporting skills. He still coaches ad-hoc around the Bristol area.
Mike works part-time evenings at Sport Wotton Gym (as Personal Trainer) based at Katherine Lady Berkeley School, which is the premises for our Camps now! This is where Mike got the idea to utilise this space and our experience to create fun activity camps for the local children in the school holidays.
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Rowan has been working with children throughout her career gaining experience in nurseries and schools as well as tutoring children both privately and as a member of Explore Learning.
Rowan has previously co-run a Saint John's Ambulance Youth Group in Coalpit Heath, both for the younger Badgers and older Cadets Unit (5-16 years) and was a qualified trainer in First Aid.
Rowan specialised in Developmental Psychology at university and after graduating took a gap year and traveled to Paris to work for PGL Camps and then Thailand to teach English in a Primary School.
Whilst working at PGL Camps in France, Rowan got a number of outdoor pursuit qualifications, including archery, abseiling, orienteering, trapeze and climbing.
Rowan's Graduate career in England began as a police officer for Avon and Somerset Constabulary before she decided she wanted to specialise in child protection which is now her current role as a Safeguarding Social Worker.
About Our Venue
Holibobs Camps are held at Katherine Lady Berkeley School in Wotton-Under-Edge during school holidays.
The following facilities are available at our site:
- Full size indoor sports hall
- Squash court
- Dance studio
- Gymnasium / small hall
- Outdoor tennis courts
- Outdoor floodlit hard court
- A selection of grass football pitches within the overall KLB grounds
- Full size floodlit Astro pitch
- 60m x 40m floodlit 3G pitch
- Full size rugby pitches
- Parking and changing facilities