Cash grants for projects as Go Kids Go! winners are revealed

PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 July 2016

Weston Tennis Club was one of this year's winners.

Weston Tennis Club was one of this year's winners.


More than 30 excellent causes from across Weston-super-Mare will be receiving grants to put towards new equipment and opportunities for young people, thanks to this year’s Go Kids Go! scheme.

The XTND - Improving Futures charity will receive a grant. The XTND - Improving Futures charity will receive a grant.

The project drew to a close on July 20 after dozens of applications were sent in by community groups, sports teams and young people’s organisations from across the area.

Judges met last week to consider which projects deserved a share of this year’s £12,000 prize pot and the winners can now be revealed.

Go Kids Go! was launched in 2012 by the Mercury and the Weston Lions Club to encourage children and young people in the town to be more active.

The project has now given out £50,000 to worthy causes since its inception, thanks to generous sponsors from within Weston’s business community, the Lions and the Mercury.

1st Worle Guides won a Go Kids Go! grant in 2015. 1st Worle Guides won a Go Kids Go! grant in 2015.

Some 38 groups applied for funding this year – an increase on last year’s number of applicants – and grants will be given to 31 organisations.

Lions member Malcolm Timmis said: “We are absolutely delighted with the increased response this year and the broader range of activities the groups represent.

“Some organisations have had grants in previous years and it is heartening to know these groups are flourishing and offering more services to more members of their community. This is becoming a generational project – how wonderful is that?

“We are indebted to our sponsors again for making the project possible – their generosity is quite outstanding.”

Go Kids Go! 2016: The winners

The following organisations will receive a share of this year’s £12,000 prize pot:

Our Way Our Say/Weston Amateur Boxing Club

1st Worle Guides

2nd Locking Brownies/3rd Locking Brownies

Hutton Preschool

Weston Tennis Club

Worlebury St Paul’s CofE School

Friends of St Anne’s Primary School

1st Worle Rainbows

Weston Town Junior Football Club

Mendip Green School after school club

Milton District Girlguiding

Hornets RFC Girls U13s-U18s

Locking Primary School

1st North Weston-super-Mare Rainbows

2nd WSM Rangers

Weston Toy Library

Mead Vale Community Primary School

Banwell Football Club

Weston-super-Mare Junior Arts Festival of Music and Drama

Weston Sea Cadets

XTND – Improving Futures

FC Locking U14s

Kewstoke Primary School

Hornets RFC U6s-U12s

1st Ashcombe Beavers

3rd WsM (St Paul’s) Cub Pack

1st Ashcombe (WSM) Scout Group

1st Uphill (7th WSM) Scout Group

St Nicholas Church Preschool

Axe District Scout Council and Weston Division Girlguiding Gang Show

Priory Pumas U12s Football Team

The winners will be presented with their prize cheques at the final day of the Lions’ annual Real Ale and Cider Festival, which will take place on the Beach Lawns, in Weston, from tomorrow (Friday) to Sunday.

This year marks the ninth year of the festival and guests will be able to enjoy more than 50 delicious beers and ciders – most of which are from local breweries and producers.

Mr Timmis said: “The money the Lions Club puts into Go Kids Go! comes from the Real Ale and Cider Festival, hence the use of the marquee for the presentations – indeed it would be hard to find another suitably sized venue.

“It may be difficult to square young people’s activity with the consumption of alcoholic beverages, but the festival is about far more than that. It offers a great family day out with shelter, music, food and drinks, in a controlled but relaxing atmosphere.”

The festival will be open from 11am-10.30pm tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday, and from 11am-5pm on Sunday.

Entry is priced £3 from 5pm onwards but is free during the day, and children will not be allowed entry to the site from 5pm onwards. Children’s drinks are also free.

* To find out how much money each Go Kids Go! winner won, pick up a copy of next week’s Mercury.

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