School hopes for heart monitors from £9,000 Go Kids Go! fund

PUBLISHED: 12:37 11 May 2017

Go Kids Go! is back for 2016.

Go Kids Go! is back for 2016.

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Applications for a share of a £9,000 funding pot for youth groups have begun to come in, and there is still time to get involved in the project.

Go Kids Go! has launched for its sixth year and has £9,000 to give away to sports clubs, scouting groups, schools, drama clubs, and other youth organisations in Weston-super-Mare and its surrounding villages.

The scheme is run by Weston Lions Club and the Mercury, and since it began it has given away £60,000 to clubs in the area and helped dozens of children to get involved in new activities.

One of the groups to apply is Westhaven School, in Uphill. The school caters for children with learning difficulties or physical disabilities and has asked for money from Go Kids Go! to fund 10 heart rate monitors.

Its application for a £359.88 grant says each student who takes an entry level qualification in physical education (PE) must now undergo a formal personal exercise plan.

It adds: “Part of this involves measuring heart rate. Our pupils really struggle with this, so we would like Go Kids Go! to help us by funding the purchase of 10 heart rate monitors.

“These devices will not only enable the pupils to gain a qualification, but we will be able to use them to monitor pupils’ heart rates and fitness levels with the view to improving their fitness.”

Locking Primary School has previously benefitted from a Go Kids Go! grant, and is encouraging groups in the area to apply this year.

Teaching assistant Ellie Maspero, who supports PE and sport, said: “At our sports day, we identified a lack of equipment to provide quality sports activities for the children. We improvised and used equipment for games which the children enjoyed, but we wanted to make it better.”

Ms Maspero won the school a £500 grant. She said: “We bought a whole new athletics set which can be used either indoors or outdoors and provide quality games for the children.”

Go Kids Go! funds individuals, clubs and not-for-profit organisations which work with children and young people 18 years old and under.

Grant of up to £2,000 can be awarded and previous Go Kids Go! winners can re-apply. Download an application form here. Applications must be submitted to newsdesk@westonmercury.co.uk or Go Kids Go!, Weston Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston, North Somerset, BS23 1LW by July 19.

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