Code Club: fun, fantastic, and humbling!

Enthusiasm has been in abundance since Code Clubs across the world have reunited with in-person sessions. With the UK and Ireland heading into their summer breaks, here are some of our highlights from the last academic year.

The Code Club team

Head of Code Club, Tamasin Greenough Graham, has a few words to share with you:  

“I’ve loved seeing so many clubs up and running again after pausing during the covid pandemic.

It’s been lovely to see all the inventive new projects that our young coders have created, but for me, the highlights have been hearing about how Code Club has enabled young people to grow in confidence and independence. Those skills are vital for great coding, and will help them develop in lots of other parts of their life as well.

I’m so grateful to all the volunteers and educators who have given their time and enthusiasm to facilitate Code Clubs to thrive.”

Celebrating Sophie! 

In June, we celebrated teacher Sophie Hudson and her Code Club in a small rural village in Yorkshire, England.  

Her tech journey started out small and now she is nurturing Yorkshire’s next generation of digital makers!  

Watch her inspiring video and follow their Code Club journey.

Linton-on-Ouse Primary School Code Club

Giving children new opportunities at Hythe Library Code Club

Seeing clubs get back to in-person sessions has been wonderful! You just can’t beat the excitement of seeing children get that ‘aha moment’ when their code works.

Colin Woods, from Hythe Library in Kent, England said:

“It was really good to see the youngsters in-person, everybody took returning to Code Club in their stride!

We have been wonderfully supported by parents/family that turn up for show and tell, which has overrun a couple of times (!), but the Library have been nice to us!”

We then asked Colin what he had planned for September: 

“For the autumn we’re planning our normal weekly sessions, making sure we include the last 10 mins for a show and tell which I love. We often see some of the quieter youngsters come out of their shell and it allows parents to see what all have been upto, it’s very humbling to see how well everyone supports everyone.”

Obuma improves her teamwork skills at Code Club

Young coder Obuma, from Hillside Code Club in Aberdeenshire, Scotland is moving up to secondary school in August after a great year in Code Club. She was really enthusiastic about their club experience: 

“At Code Club we learn how to code! We also improve our teamwork skills, there’s a lot of people at Code Club and most of the time you work together to create different things. 

My favourite part of Code Club is the presenting and coding, coding is fun!” 

Budding coder, Obuma

Children get ownership over their Code Club

Rich Hind has been involved with Code Club since 2016. After a brief hiatus, he is back running his Code Club at Congleton Library in Cheshire, England. 

“Getting back into the library and teaching in-person was fantastic and really is the highlight of my week. And I had forgotten how great it was to be standing in front of the class. 

Returning to the classes this time I have created my own lessons based on the children’s ideas to help them feel part of the process, and this has really given them  a sense of ownership and that the classes are for them.”

You can keep up to date on Congleton Code Club in Rich’s blog

Congleton Library Code Club

Coding together! 

We’ve had great fun coding alongside your Code Club members at our online codealongs. Seeing your club members exercising their coding skills with young people from across the world has really reminded us all what an amazing global community we have!  

We’re looking forward to running more online codealongs and getting to meet your club members in September. What themed codealongs would you like to see us run? Share your thoughts by emailing the team at support@codeclub.org.

Yasmin, running an online codealong

Keep in touch with us

We love hearing about your Code Club’s achievements and how we can assist you in running your Code Club. Please reach out to us any time on Twitter or Facebook, or by emailing us at support@codeclub.org.

Club members’ stories: Code Club is ‘Code-mazing!’

Code Club is all about our young members and helping them discover how they can use code for the things that matter most to them.

Meet 8-year-old, budding coder Oliver from Congleton in Cheshire, England. He’s recently joined Congleton Library Code Club, led by educator Rich Hind, who has been part of the Code Club community since 2016!

Oliver at Congleton Code Club

What do you do at Code Club?
“We code using Scratch.”

Why do you come to Code Club?
“Because I enjoy coding and want to learn more.”

What do you learn at Code Club?
“We learn what all the code blocks do and what happens when you put them together.”

What is your favourite part of Code Club?
“Coding, obviously! ”

Can you share one memory from Code Club that always makes you smile?
“Winning the biggest chocolate bar ever!”

Can you tell us about one time you helped someone else at your Code Club?
“I’ve actually not done that, no one needs help!”

Tell us about something you’ve made at Code Club that you’re really proud of!
“A bug maze”

If your friend was thinking about joining Code Club, what would you say to them?
“You learn how to use harder coding — I would tell them to join!”

If you had to describe Code Club in one word what would it be?
“Code-mazing!”

Complete this sentence: My Code Club leader Rich is amazing because…
“He knows everything about coding and he’s friendly.”

Code Club educator Rich had this to say about Oliver’s responses:

“I am really glad that Oliver is enjoying his time with us in Code Club (although, thinking I know everything about coding is a bit far!) and he is thoughtful and super engaged in what we do. I have seen him helping others in our class, but he is far too modest to tell you!”

You don’t need special expertise to start running your own Code Club, and you can help even more young people, like Oliver, learn coding and digital skills. Start a club today!

Say hello to the Code Club team 

Meet the Code Club team! We’re a small, but impactful team that are scattered across the world. Here’s a glimpse of who we are, our roles, and what we get up to in our spare time!

Tamasin Greenough Graham, Head of Code Club

“I lead the lovely Code Club team who support you, our amazing community, to run inspiring Code Clubs for children in your area. I make sure that we develop the Code Club programme to make the most impact, so that every young person can have fun while getting creative with coding.

I love to be outside and spend my free time camping and hiking.”

Darren Bayliss,  Programme Coordinator (Ireland)

“Hello from Ireland! I love working with the community across Ireland and building a network of clubs throughout schools.

But what I’m most passionate about is seeing firsthand the impact our work and mission have on young people. There is nothing better than seeing that smile when a person sees their piece of code work.”

Isabel Ronaldson, Global Community Coordinator

“I work with our partner organisations around the world, helping to bring Code Club and CoderDojo to even more young people internationally. I love hearing your stories and seeing the impact you have on your communities. I also love finding ways to make it easier for you to connect with even more learners.

In my spare time, I love good books, working in my garden, and cooking.”

Kat Leadbetter, Community Manager in England

“I’ve worked at Code Club for nearly 6 years, first supporting our international community and now helping to start clubs in England. Recently I’ve been leading our 10th birthday celebrations, and it’s been wonderful to look back on the incredible things our community has achieved over the past decade.

I enjoy music and I’m also one of three people in the team to have a degree in Astronomy.”

Kevin, Program Coordinator (USA) 

“It’s so nice to e-meet you! My name is Kevin and as the Clubs Program Coordinator, I support the amazing U.S. Code Club community. That’s right, from the North to the South, East and West! I love storytelling, and with a pen and my handy notebook, I aspire to highlight the inspirational stories that our community has to share!”

Sarah Eve Roberts, Community Coordinator (Wales)

“Helo from Wales! I’m the resident space boffin with a decade of experience teaching children about the stars. But the skill gap in Tech brought me down to Earth, and now I’m passionate about supporting and growing our fantastic Code Club community here in Wales. I want to help children all over the country to gain the skills they need to thrive in this technological era.”

Vasu, Programme Coordinator (India)

“Namaste from India! I love working with people, building connections, creating support systems for a better tomorrow! My work with Code Club has been nothing short of a roller coaster ride, from witnessing the community in action in urban cities, to creating smaller hubs of learning in the most rural parts of India — it has been an absolute joy to see people coming together to shape the future of learning!”

Yasmin Hanif, Community Manager in Scotland

“I’m new to the Raspberry Pi Foundation, supporting Code Clubs in Scotland as well as across the UK. I love the wonderful communities that you have created and the passion that everyone has for Code Clubs. You’ll find me out and about meeting as many people as possible.

I love cake, pizza and helping young people to thrive!”

Rujeko Moyo, Community Coordinator (England)

“Hi there! I’m super-passionate about holistic approaches to learning that prepare children to thrive in this ever-changing technological era that is called ‘The 21st century!’ So I’m thrilled to be riding on the Code Club bandwagon that is nurturing and unleashing these ever-so-vital skills. If you are based ANYWHERE in England and want to start a Code Club — I’m your go-to person!”

Zoe Davidson, Programme Coordinator

“You may recognise my name from your inbox! I keep you updated on all the exciting Code Club opportunities, along with celebrating you, the Code Club community. Your enthusiasm, knowledge and commitment is infectious and I thoroughly enjoy shouting about it!

Out of work you will find me mooching around galleries and trying to befriend daschunds!”

We always enjoy hearing about the inspiring work that happens in Code Clubs across the world. Share what your club members have achieved by contacting any of us at support@codeclub.org — it really does make us happy!

If you are interested in starting a Code Club, we’re on hand to help! If you’re based in the UK, Ireland, India, or the USA, head to this page. Signing up from somewhere else in the world? Take a look at how you can set up a Code Club.