Judges meet to decide this year’s Go Kids Go! winners
PUBLISHED: 14:53 16 July 2015 | UPDATED: 15:23 16 July 2015
A TOTAL of 39 groups have applied for funding from this year’s Go Kids Go! scheme, requesting more than £31,000 in grants.
More groups than ever before have applied for a slice of this year’s funding pot – which stands at £11,000 – and the winners will be announced in next week’s Mercury.
The scheme – headed up by Weston Lions Club and the Mercury, and supported by local businesses – is now in its fourth year, and helps community groups across Weston to promote activity and healthy living in children.
This year applications have flooded in from scout groups, girl guides, primary schools, football clubs, rugby groups and more.
Shipham Junior Kickboxing Club is one of the groups hoping to receive cash from the scheme, and has applied for £350.
Group leader Mel Edmonds said: “The money will be used for club outfits for the new children, kickboxing gloves for the juniors and a freestanding punch bag.
“The sessions are invaluable in helping the children’s confidence, defence skills and increased fitness levels in a time of growing obesity.”
Weston Air Cadets would also like to buy sports equipment with a £550 grant from the scheme.
Its leader, Steven Manville, said: “At present we borrow equipment from a school when we use their hall for sports.
“We currently have 37 cadets who will use the equipment every Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the year.”
Winscombe Primary School has applied for two grants from the scheme, one for £1,000 to spend on coaching and sports kit and one for £500 to spend on upgrades to its school kitchen to promote healthy eating.
In-2-Biking, an all-inclusive cycle charity based in Worle, has applied for £500 to spend on road safety training equipment.
The charity’s leader, Lin Thomas, said: “We will buy traffic lights and a zebra crossing, as well as equipment to vary our sessions.”
Other requests for money include help buy sports kits or camping equipment, make building improvements and pay for specialist coaching.
But now the application stage has come to a close and judges will meet today (Thursday) to decide which lucky groups will be allocated a slice of this year’s pot. Representatives from the Mercury, the Lions and some of the businesses who donated to the fund will go through the applications and the winners will be announced in next week’s paper.
A cheque presentation will take place on the final day of the Lions club’s Real Ale Festival, which will be on from July 24-26, from 10.30am-11pm each day.