Go Kids Go! – how one community project has given thousands of pounds to get kids active
PUBLISHED: 12:02 30 April 2017
How would you spend a £2,000 grant? Could £500 help your group get kids active? Go Kids Go! has £9,000 to give away and the Mercury has taken a look back at how it’s already helped some of Weston-super-Mare’s groups...
Go Kids Go! has dished out £60,000 to youth groups in and around Weston over the past five years, and has now launched with a further £9,000 to give away this year.
The scheme aims to get children active and this week the Mercury is taking a look back at some of the projects it has supported to provide inspiration for new applicants.
A girl-guiding Olympics, playground equipment at a brand new primary school, sports equipment, drama club funding and bikes for youngsters to use at Weston Toy Library were all funded by grants from Go Kids Go! in 2016.
The scheme is run by Weston Lions Club and supported by the Mercury, with donations from many of the town’s generous businesses creating a pot of grant money for worthy causes.
Last year St Anne’s Primary School at West Wick received £500 from the scheme, which helped it buy equipment to transform its outside area at its brand new school from mud to an all-weather play area.
The school’s headteacher Lisa Dadds said Go Kids Go! has ‘really made a difference’ to the school, and added: “We have been able to further develop our outside learning environment for our young learners.
“This is part of a long-term project to encourage physical activity and increase outdoor learning opportunities.”
Go Kids Go! also gave £200 to 2nd Locking Brownies and 3rd Locking Brownies, to help it run Flipping Magic, a badge challenge focused around gymnastics and sport.
Unit leader Lisa Taylor said: “The money essentially enabled us to run six weeks of activities for 80 girls.
“The challenge is based on the Olympics; the girls devised an opening ceremony and put together dance and gymnastic routines, they had cheerleaders and made pompoms and they had a medal ceremony. They had a fantastic time.”
Weston Tennis Club has also been successful in receiving Go Kids go! funding for the past few years. Its treasurer and membership secretary Bob Wilson said: “It’s been a massive help. It enables us to purchase extra little rackets for the youngsters and a lot of training balls.
“I think the sooner the children get into sport, the better.”
See the full list of Go Kids Go! winners from 2016 here.
Go Kids Go! funds individuals, clubs and not-for-profit organisations which work with children and young people 18 years old and under. People can apply for a grant of up to £2,000 and previous Go Kids Go! winners can re-apply. You can download a Go Kids Go! application form here or pick one up an application form from the Mercury office.
Applications must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or Go Kids Go!, Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW by July 19.