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Alliance & Leicester reveals costs of extra-curricular classes

After-school classes for children are costing their parents a total of £1.7 billion a year in the UK, Alliance & Leicester has revealed.According to the firm, performing arts, sports and other lessons are putting budgets under strain - with just five per cent of families saving money for their costs.Typical expenditure includes a £10 weekly drama class, or a £575 annual activities camp.Football gear is also estimated to cost £130 a year for each child.Commenting, Hetal Parmar at Alliance & Leicester said: "All parents know that taking part in extra-curricular activities benefits their children, and it is right that they want to support their ambitions. Whether the dream is to be a class act or sporting hero, the cost mounts up on top of the price of compulsory uniforms, school dinners and school trips.He added: "Parents will feel the pinch if they have not made financial provisions already, especially if they have more than one child at school, or if their child takes part in more than one activity...saving regularly, especially little and often, can soon build up into a lump sum, eliminating stress and paving the way to pay for additional costs."

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