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Winning ways to spend Go Kids Go! grants

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 May 2015

Avon Ski Club received funding from Go Kids Go!

Avon Ski Club received funding from Go Kids Go!

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GIANT chess sets, outdoor playground activities and professional skiing equipment were just some of the things last year’s Go Kids Go! scheme supported – and now it is back with an £11,000 funding pot to help more projects.

XTND received money for new playground equipment.XTND received money for new playground equipment.

The scheme, headed up by Weston Lions Club and the Mercury, has just launched for its fourth year.

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, Go Kids Go! has already secured £11,000 to give away to youth and sport groups in the area – with hope more funding will be secured by the time the winners are announced in July.

Go Kids Go! aims to get kids active and living healthier lifestyles in Weston.

Last year the scheme helped 24 different groups and Kewstoke Primary School was one of the lucky winners and was given £500 for playground improvements.

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

The school’s headteacher Lynne Yelland said: “Our school has been working hard to improve the outside areas around the school.

“We have spent the money on artificial turf, large play equipment and a few large-scale games.

“We have a flourishing chess club and therefore we purchased a giant chess set which is used in the playground.

“We also had giant tyres set into another part of the playground which have proved incredibly popular by all the children in school for jumping and climbing on.

Kewstoke Primary School receiving its £500 cheque.Kewstoke Primary School receiving its £500 cheque.

“Outdoor table tennis is in another part of the playground.

“The generous donation of £500 has been spent to support the overall project which has much improved our play resources and the overall ambience is greatly enhanced.”

Avon Ski Club was another group which benefitted from the scheme in 2014, receiving £1,000 for equipment.

The club’s welfare officer, Peter Kennell, said: “I cannot stress how grateful we are for the support.

“The grant we received went towards the cost of sophisticated timing equipment to enable us to hold national competitions on the ski slope in Sandford.

“At our first national competition in 2014 more than 70 skiers aged between six and 16 competed.

“Members of the Lions attended the event and were able to see the equipment being used for the very first time.”

Bournville-based charity XTND also received funding. Its business support administrator, Laura Elmont, said: “Our children at our after school club were the beneficiaries of the latest Go Kids Go! grant.

“It was used for outdoor play equipment at the club.”

If you run a community group which you think deserves a helping hand from the scheme, is based within the postcode areas BS22, BS23, BS24 or BS25, and is a registered club, charity or not-for-profit organisation, you can apply for a grant.

The money could be used for new sports equipment, building improvements, playgroup and games apparatus, sporting kits, drama equipment and more.

This year, Alliance Homes, Nightingales, The Mead Group, The Howard Group, Quadron Services, Weston College, The Grand Pier, Crosville Motor Services, McDonald’s, the Mercury and Weston Lions have all pledged funds to the scheme, with more sponsors expected to swell the pot further before the festival.

To apply for a grant as part of Go Kids Go! download an application form here 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 5pm on July 13.

The winners will be announced in the Mercury on July 23 and presentations of the grants will be held on the final day of the Lions’ ale festival. The event, wich is now in its eighth year, will take place on the Beach Lawns from July 24-26.

For more information on the event visit www.westonlionsrealalefestival.org.uk

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