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Tennis club’s new kit thanks to Go Kids Go!

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 May 2016

Head coach Jamie Allen with junior tennis club members.

Head coach Jamie Allen with junior tennis club members.

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A Weston-super-Mare sports club has thanked the Go Kids Go! scheme for helping it to keep its ‘expensive’ facility up and running.

The campaign, which was launched by the Weston Lions Club and the Mercury four years ago, hands out cash grants to clubs which encourage Weston’s children to get active and Weston Tennis Club was one of last year’s lucky recipients.

The club, which is based in Neva Road, used its £250 grant to buy new equipment for its junior training sessions, and its treasurer Bob Wilson said the money has played a major role in helping the club deal with financial pressures.

Mr Wilson said: “The equipment we bought is mainly for training. We need specialist soft balls for the younger players, which are red, green and amber. We also have to have a certain amount of junior racquets available and other training aids.

“We were very pleased and it is a great help to us. We are right in the centre of Weston and children need this facility.

“There are not many courts available as many public courts have closed over the years. The Winter Gardens has gone, and the ones in Ashcombe Park, but we have five good courts here.

“We have to try and keep going, but it is so expensive. It is very high-maintenance but we want to get as many young kids as possible playing, so it comes in very handy.”

If you think your community group deserves a share of this year’s £12,000 pot, is based within the postcode areas BS22, BS23, BS24, BS25 or BS29, and is a registered club, charity or not-for-profit organisation, you can apply for a grant.

The winners will be announced in the Mercury on July 28 and grants will be presented on the final day of the Lions’ ale festival, which will take place on the Beach Lawns, Weston, from July 30-31.

To apply for a grant as part of Go Kids Go! download an application form by clicking this link or pick one up from the Mercury office.

When you have completed the form, send it to Go Kids Go!, The Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW, email it to newsdesk@westonmercury.co.uk or hand it in at our office.

The deadline for applications is 9am on July 20.

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