Just Camps

Just Camps was established in 2010 by Matt Holdback. Matt spent his years at the University of Gloucestershire gaining experience working with Children for companies such as Kings Sports Camps, Cheltenham Town FC, and then went on to develop and direct camps out in the USA. On his return Matt took employment for Leicester City Football Club and then with LA Fitness as he studied for his Level 3 Personal Training Qualification.

With all his experience from working at various camp providers, Matt decided to set up a quality, fun loving kids camp. He wanted to create a camp which can provide an enjoyable learning environment for kids who have different interests and ability levels. Matt has dedicated his time and efforts into building the first of our camps, Cheltenham. With a loyal team of coaches behind him, Matt was able to open another two camps in Gloucester and Solihull. These camps were such a success that Matt opened our newest camp in 2017, Winchcombe. Just Camps is now four camps strong, but this hasn’t stopped Matt and his team from holding the highest standards at all the camps and taking the utmost pride in all that we do so we can give the kids the time of their lives!


Parent's peace of mind:

Getting Children Active
Experienced Coaching Staff
Helping Children Build Self-Confidence
Qualified Coaches
Staff DBS Checked
Health and Safety Assessments

Just Camps: The Beginning

Behind the Scenes: Staff Training

Meet the Team:

Our coaches are not only employed for their qualifications but aslo thier infectious personalities and abilities to get the most out of each and every child on camp.
Matt Holdback


Matt Holdback

07716 926 147

Likes: Leicester City, Chicken wings, Exercise.

Fun Fact: Matt once carried the Olympic torch!
Solomon Wheatley


Solomon Wheatley

Likes: Nandos, Eastenders, Tarzan, Arsenal.

Fun Fact: Solomon still watches cartoons when he gets home from work!
James Harding


James Harding

Likes: Football and Golf

Fun Fact: I once scored 5 goals in a football match!
Brad Wilson


Brad Wilson

Likes: Bristol City FC!

Best Joke: What did one toilet say to the other toilet? You look flushed.
Hattie Moss


Hattie Moss

Fun Fact: Hattie has never broken a bone in her body!

Best Joke: Why do bananas wear suncream at the beach? In case they peel!
Tony Hicks


Tony Hicks

Likes: Football and Coaching

Best Joke: What do you call a fake noodle? An impasta.
Ryan Shaw


Ryan Shaw

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Likes: Hot wings, TOWIE, Jumanji, Aston Villa.

Fun Fact: Ryan represented England University Football team!
Nareece Ford


Nareece Ford

Likes: Netball

Best Joke: Why did the cookie go to the hospital? Because he felt crummy.
Harvey Rivers


Harvey Rivers

Hero: Peter Schmeichel

Most Embarrassing Moment: Hitting a goal kick straight to the striker in a national final who then scored!
Cameron Cheal


Cameron Cheal

Fun Fact: Cam used to play semi professional football!

Best Joke: What do you call a man with no shins? Tony!
Sam Sinon


Sam Sinon

Fun Fact: Sam can beatbox!

Best Joke: Why as 6 afraid of 7? Because 7,8,9!
Daisy Tibbs


Daisy Tibbs

Fun Fact: Daisy has once jumped out of an aeroplane

Best Joke: What do you call a dinosaur sleeping?... A Dino-Snore
Elliott Keightley


Elliott Keightley

Likes: Football, Gym, Love Island, Take Me Out.

Best Joke: What do you call cheese thats not your cheese? Nacho Cheese!
Kieran Pritchard


Kieran Pritchard

Likes: Fish & chips, Game of Thrones, Avatar, Birmingham City Football Club.

Fun Fact: Kieran became a PADI Open Water Scuba Diver in 2014!
Nathan Fear


Nathan Fear

Fun Fact: Nathan has had 29 X-Rays and can wiggle his little toes

Best Joke: What did 1 wall say to another?… I’ll meet you in the corner

"Being active is not just essential for the elite, it is a must that we get children physically active across the board. Having worked alongside Matt at the Cheltenham site I have seen first hand the effect of the many different themed games that we run at the camps. To challenge a child to run over and steel some of the Pirates treasure, dodge a ball in dodgeball or even escape from a hunter in Foxes & Hunters has a far greater effect than conventional sports coaching for many children"

Jonathan Flynn


"I have had the pleasure of working for Just Camps for a number of years now and during that time I have seen children develop their social and physical skills through fun games and activities. Working at Just Camps has been self-fulfilling as I enjoy watching children develop skills they can transfer into later life." 


James Harding

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring?

Packed Lunch
Appropriate Clothing
Lots of Energy and Enthusiasm!

Do you take Child Care Vouchers?

Yes we take most mainstream vouchers including:
Eden Red - Accpunt No: P20872417
Kiddie Vouchers
Care-4 - Account No: 63478603
Computer Share - Account No: 19711355
Busy Bees
Sodexo - Account No: 833354
RG Childcare

Please contact us to find out more on how to pay via Child Care Vouchers

Will my children be kept in the same group?

Children are grouped mainly in to age appropriate groups for certain activities. If siblings desire to be ket together please speak to the Camp Director on the first morning of camp.

Does it matter that my child doesnt know anyone?

It is absolutely fine that children come to camp on their own not knowing anyone. We have children attend from different schools all across the county, they are encouraged to make friends and include everyone in all activities.
We actually run a 'Make a Mate' Monday where everyone gets to meet everyone else and learn each others names.

Do you offer a corporate discount?

We do offer corporate discounts to many larger local and national businesses, including:
Spirax Sarco
CrossFit Cheltenham

To claim your corporate discount email us from your company email address or speak to the person who deals with your company benefits.

If you wish to discuss adding your company to the list then please email

Are the staff qualified and hold DBS checks?

We are registered with Ofsted and all of our coaches hold the appropriate qualifications to deliver such activities on our camps.

Each coach also holds a current CRB/BDS check which is inspected and recorded.

They are also not only employed for their qualifications but aslo thier infectious personalities and abilities to get the most out of each and every child on camp.

Ofsted Registration

Our Ofsted Registration Number is EY469335

We are registered on Ofsted's Voluntary part of the Childcare Register. If you would like to know more about the registration process and what is required please follow the link below:

Or contact Ofsted directly:

Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
M1 2WD

Safeguarding Policy

Our Safeguarding Policy:

This safeguarding policy applies to all Owners, staff and volunteers or anyone working on behalf of Just Camps.

The purpose:

- To protect all children and minors under our duty of care at Just Camps.
- To provide all staff and volunteers at Just Camps with guidance on how to approach child protection and safeguarding.
- Just Camps believe no child should be exposed or experience any kind of abuse.
- At Just Camps we accept the responsibility to practice ways that promote child safety and are committed to protect all children and young people under our duty of care.

We recognise that:

- The welfare of the child is paramount, as stated in the Children Act 1989.
- All children, regardless of sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic background, identity, disability, gender or age have a right to be protected from all types of abuse.
- Some children will be more vulnerable than others due to the impact of past experiences. Their level of communication needs and dependency on certain issues.
- Working with children, young people, parents and guardians along with other agencies is essential when promoting child welfare.

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

- Following child protection and safeguarding practices by following the staff and volunteers code of conduct.
- Valuing, respecting and listening to all.
- Providing the correct staff and volunteers with support, supervision, training and detailed assurance measures.
- Completing all checks on staff and volunteers before having contact with the children.
- Recording and saving information in a safe and professional manor.
- Sharing information about safeguarding and our practices with the children, families, staff and volunteers through one-to-one discussions and advertisement.
- Using our procedures and policy to manage allegations against staff and volunteers working at Just Camps.
- Using our safeguarding procedures to share relevant information with agencies who are involved with a child, family or carer, where appropriate.
- Maintaining an anti-bullying environment and ensuring there is a policy to successfully deal with bullying incidence.
- Ensuring we have a complaint procedure in place.
- Ensuring we provide a safe environment for all children, staff and volunteers by following health and safety measures in accordance to regulations and the law.

What is Just Camps Cancellation Policy?

Just Camps arrange staffing to suit the number of children attending the camp and for this reason all places are non-transferable and non-refundable within 21 days of the first day of the camp week. Refunds before the 21 day period are only given with a doctors note and will incur a £15.00 administration fee.

Child Safety & Concerns

If you would like to give us any feedback regarding our Services, Staff or Procedures please contact:


Alternatively if you have any concerns regarding any child in our care and would like to discuss matters further please contact us right away:

Manager: Matt Holdback
Tel: 0771 692 6147

Or if you would like to discuss matters with an outside body or in cases of emergency please contact:

Ofsted: 0300 123 1231

Police: 101 or 01452 726920

Police: 999

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Our partnerships

Just Camps are now in partnership with many different local businesses who are bringing great products and services to the local area. Contact them directly to find out their latest Just Camps Discounts and Offers:

Marlbourough Ltd are the leaders in sheet metal folding, fabrication and laser/plasma cutting.

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  • Just Camps in Cheltenham is awesome!! My son Fynn is 5 and has been attending for a year now. Everyday he is made to feel welcome, valued and respected. He enjoys all the fun challenges and activities planned for the day. Fynn's confidence and self-esteem has positively developed, he has made lots of new friends. The coaches are very friendly, kind and highly valued members of staff. I would highly recommend Just Camps.

    Lea Dudey, Cheltenham
  • Can't recommend this camp enough - kids got up in the morning, happy to go, and wanted to go on days they weren't booked in for - what more can I say? So please you have come to Winchcombe.

    Chani Martin, Winchcombe
  • The staff at Gloucester are absolutely fantastic! The energy they have is unending but they also have the patience to match it when needed, and I can assure you they need it with my child!!

    Maureen Kerr, Gloucester
  • I can't speak highly enough of Just Camps.... my 8 year old son loves going. The coaches are really accommodating and encouraging and great role models. His confidence has grown from being there and he loves that he has earnt his mini coach T- shirt. Thank you Matt and all the team for your constant hard work.

    Manda and Iain Stewart
  • My two boys loved spending time at Just Camps in Cheltenham. It gives them the chance to have fun with other children over school breaks. They both love how silly the coaches can be! We all highly recommend these camps!!

    Caroline Smialek, Cheltenham
  • My seven year old daughter attends just camps in Cheltenham. She loves it. She always has lots of fun, she loves the staff, the crafts and the games!

    Nikki Jones, Cheltenham
  • My kids love going to Just Camps - all the coaches are great with the kids, it is active and loads of fun. I would highly recommend to anyone wanting a sports camp with a family atmosphere

    Kirsty Ellson, Cheltenham
  • My little boy absolutely loves just camps and at the end of his day tells me about all the activities he's been doing.. Plus he is absolutely shattered , thank you.

    Selina Gasher
  • Amelia absolutely loved camp and was sad it was over, she loved playing dodge ball and wants to play it in the garden all the time, she has she had fun learning new games but nothing beats dodge ball. She made lots of new friends and cannot wait to come back in May! This was also a prefect camp for me with working full time the hours for the extended day fit perfectly and I don't have to worry about rushing to get to work or to collect her

    Kirsty Saunders
  • Top marks to just camps , highly recommend to anyone who has kids , defo worth the money ! Lots of things for kids to do an action packed fun day for the kids from the time they get in till the time they leave! Only negative is I struggle to get my kid home as an extended day apparently isn't enough!! already booked in for next half term so he's now counting down the Calendar days , thanks guys

    Kaylee Watson, Gloucester
  • My 9 year old absolutely loves going to camp, so many different things to do!

    Beckie Tawney, Gloucester
  • Good variety of games with some down time for arts & crafts or the computer if staying for the extended day. In the summer, going for gold is also brilliant, Riley loves his medals!

    Emma Brain, Solihull

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