Children of Faslane Naval Base workers enjoyed a two-week Helensburgh summer sports camp where they made “memories that will last a lifetime.”

Over 160 children between five and 17 attended Kings Camp from Monday, July 10 to Friday, July 21 where they took part in a range of activities hosted in Lomond School’s sports hall.

The camp – which is celebrating its tenth year since launch - encourages young people to be active, try different sports, learn new skills, make friends, and develop their confidence.

The event was sponsored by Base Captain Elaine Boyd who was delighted to see so many local children having fun.

She said: “Kings Camp is a wonderful opportunity for the children of our Armed Forces families and local community to be active and enjoy adventures.

“It was a joy to visit and see the children making new friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

“My thanks to the volunteers for their boundless energy and enthusiasm, and to the RNRMC for their generous support.”

Activities were led by trained coaches who made sure children were having fun and taking part.

Petty officer Tom Calderbank - who attended with his son Noah - had fun getting involved in the activities and was “impressed” by the staff.

Helensburgh Advertiser: Tom and his son Noah had a great timeTom and his son Noah had a great time (Image: Royal Navy)

He said: “I was only dropping Noah off at the camp; however, I’d been away for two weeks, and Noah missed me and didn’t want me to leave.

“I had a great time joining in with the kids and I’m really impressed with the King’s Camp coaches who do a wonderful job, keeping the children entertained and interested in the activities on offer.”

While the camp is aimed at naval base workers’ children, it is open to local young people with no connection to the facility as it aims to promote an active and healthy lifestyle to all children in the community.

Sports and activity camp provider Kings Camp run sessions for the Royal Navy and this year alone have hosted around 1,500 military children during their events.

A week-long camp will be held in Helensburgh’s Lomond School this October.

Andrew Busby, CEO of the Kings Active Foundation, said: “I was personally delighted to see Kings Camps return to Lomond School for two weeks this summer in what is our 10th year of providing our unique brand of sports and activity camps for Royal Navy families.

“Kings would like to thank Captain Elaine Boyd and Chief Petty Officer Murray Anderson for their time to attend camps, view some of our activity sessions and meet our outstanding Site Manager Becca.

“We’d also like to thank the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Royal Navy for their continuing support in the provision of our camps for Royal Navy families.

“We look forward to returning this October for another week of fun and activity.”

Kings Camp also runs events for regular civilians at 40 locations across the UK - but Royal Navy families can book spaces for the same discounted price as a Royal Navy Kings Camp.

The summer camps receive funding from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC).