More than 20,000 free cards are to be given to Ipswich youngsters this summer, allowing access to sports facilities over the school holidays.

Last year the free iCards were issued to thousands of school aged children in a bid to keep them healthy, occupied and away from gang activity during the six week summer holidays.

The scheme, which cost £100,000 last year, resulted in nearly 13,000 sign-ups, 18,501 visits to Crown Pools and nearly 7,000 gym visits.

It gives youngsters aged 5-16 access to more than 400 sessions, including swimming, archery, football, basketball, keep-fit events and roller-skating at council run gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres.

"We are putting on hundreds of events at our sports facilities and free activities in the community and are repeating our free summer holiday iCard offer to local children. This is good news for parents and families, too, as they can be confident their youngsters are occupied safely throughout the long school break."

Councillor Bryony Rudkin, Ipswich Borough Council