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FUEL - Holiday Activities and Food Programme

What is FUEL?

FUEL (which stands for ‘Fuel Ur Everyday Lives’) is the name for the holiday activity and food programme (HAF) in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames and the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It is funded by the Department of Education and run by Achieving for Children.

We make free places at holiday clubs available during the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays for young people who receive benefit related free school meals. Young people can attend 4 sessions over Easter, 16 sessions over the summer and 4 sessions over winter.

Benefit related free school meals are different to the universal free school meals that all young people now receive at primary schools. Benefit related free school meals need to be applied for through your local council. You can find out more information on applying for benefit related free school meals here for Kingston and here for Richmond.

The aim of the FUEL programme is for young people to:

  • Eat healthily and understand nutrition
  • Be more active through engaging and enriching activities
  • Be safe and not to be socially isolated
  • Learn more about the different services Achieving for young people have available in the local area

Young people will get their lunch provided at the club. There are lots of clubs and activities to choose from and they run across a range of dates, time and locations. 

Clubs and activities include: cycling; film-making; yoga; technology and coding; skateboarding; art and crafts; cooking; indoor climbing; and lots of sports such as cricket, football, netball and rugby. 

We hope that there will be something that every young person will want to try. 

You can read our FUEL Impact Report to find out about some of the clubs we have run in the past and what people who came along thought about the FUEL programme.

We have also created the FUEL Healthy Living Booklet to offer support and advice on developing a healthy lifestyle for your children and family.

Who can take part?

Priority places will be given to young people aged 5 to 16 years (including 4 year olds if they are in reception) who are receiving benefit related free school meals.

Young people who are eligible should have a 17 digit FUEL code that will have been given to them by their school. This code can be used to show that they are eligible when booking onto clubs.

Extended Eligibility Criteria

We have a small number of spaces available for young people who are not receiving benefit related free school meals, but who need the support a place like this would offer them. These spaces can be offered to young people who are:

  • Accessing Pupil Premium
  • Refugees
  • Being supported by AfC Early Help or Social Care teams
  • Have an EHCP
  • Are a young carer
  • Are the sibling of a child who is accessing benefit related free school meals

These spaces require a referral from a professional working with the young person, please contact for more information.

How to book a FUEL club

Choose which club you would like to book and click the link to book directly with the club, giving them your FUEL code to confirm eligibility when you book. All clubs are listed on our Clubs pages.

Contact us

Please contact the FUEL co-ordinator via email: with any questions you have.

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