Rugby clubs hope to score some Go Kids Go! cash

PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 July 2015

Winscombe RFC's youth team.

Winscombe RFC's youth team.

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THIS week the spotlight for Go Kids Go! is focused firmly on rugby across North Somerset, with applications from Winscombe Rugby Football Club (RFC) and Weston-based Hornets RFC taking centre stage.

Go Kids Go! is launching with an £11,000 funding pot.Go Kids Go! is launching with an £11,000 funding pot.

There is now less than two weeks until the deadline to apply for Go Kids Go! funding arrives, and this week’s featured clubs are just the latest to apply for a slice of the scheme’s £11,000 funding pot.

Go Kids Go! is headed by Weston Lions Club and the Mercury, with donations from local businesses helping to support youth groups and sports clubs.

Hornets Rugby Club has applied for two separate grants this year. The first is for £500 to pay for new kit for its under-8s team.

The group’s coach, Peter Frake, said: “We hope by giving children positive experiences within the club our members will continue to engage with rugby throughout their childhood and into their adult lives.

Hornets Rugby Football Club's under-8s team.Hornets Rugby Football Club's under-8s team.

“We would like to purchase respect lines, they are reasonably non-intrusive pieces of equipment which prevents overzealous spectators from encroaching onto the pitch and helps to keep all concerned safe from harm.”

The chairman for the club’s mini section, Lee Hutchinson, has also applied for support from Go Kids Go! to help with the day-to-day running costs of the club’s minis and junior section.

The youth section is funded by donations and fundraising events and Mr Hutchinson said: “Hornets RFC mini and junior section trains almost 300 children from under six to under 16 in rugby union.

“Our club ethos is that of a community club, where all are welcome and given the opportunity to develop to the best of their ability.”

The money would be used for kit and equipment and Mr Hutchinson said: “Equipment costs vary and different bits of kit are required for different ages.

“Balls alone cost around £9 each, with approximately 30 players per age group we start with 10 new balls each season, so that’s £90 per age group.

“We would be delighted to receive any amount towards the running of our section.”

Winscombe RFC has also applied for support from Go Kids Go! to help aid a much bigger project.

The club is hoping to create an all-weather training pitch and has asked for £2,000 from Go Kids Go! to support its efforts.

The club’s junior co-ordinator, Terry Poole, said: “The pitch will cost £240,000 in total but it would be of such a huge benefit to the community.

“We are also fundraising, seeking funding from Sport England, looking for sponsors and funding from fellow users.

“We have in excess of 350 boys and girls between the ages of five and 18 years old who play rugby every week from September to April. Plus we have another 150 boys between the ages of six and 16 years old who play football every week from August until May.

“We want to promote healthy activity and wellbeing as well as friendship through sports.”

Last year Go Kids Go! dished out grants to 24 youth groups across Weston.

The deadline for applications this year is July 13 and cheque presentations will take place on the last day of Weston Lions Club’s real ale festival on July 26.

Click here to download your application form.

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