Club hoping to keep kids fit through Go! Kids Go! initiative

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 May 2012

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A GROUP using a new sporting craze to keep kids fit is hoping to win up to £1,000 as part of a Mercury-supported initiative.

Weston Aerobic Gymnastics Centre provides tuition in free-running and parkour to young people from its central Weston base, and the group is hoping to benefit from the Go! Kids Go! scheme launched by the Mercury and the town’s Lions Club last month.

A further grant of £1,000 has now been added to grant money already available following a donation by the Weston Carnival Committee.

This has now increased the total money available to groups working with young people to £6,000 – three grants of £1,000 and series of smaller donations starting at £200.

The prizes will be handed out at the Lions’ Real Ale Festival on July 29.

The aerobics group, based in Bridge Road, gives youngsters a safe venue to practice a sport that has become hugely popular over the past decade.

Club secretary Chantelle Williams said: “Extreme and alternative sports are becoming increasingly popular and our purpose is to provide excellent, safe and well-controlled tuition in the increasingly popular sport of free-running and parkour.

“We find that the young people we work with are intelligent, enthusiastic and fun but are sometimes suffering from social difficulties, be this bullying, lack of confidence or hyperactivity.

“Over time we have become a support network to them,

“We try to provide our services in areas where lack of income and activity is a problem. We have focused on the South Ward area and continually get feedback from parents and young people that the sport provides them with an activity to focus on and achieve in.”

If you run a group working with young people and promotes their fitness and wellbeing, that is a registered charity or not-for –profit group and is based in postcode areas BS22, BS23, BS24 and BS25, then all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning a grant is fill in an application form.

You can download one from www. thewestonmercury.co.uk or pick one up from our office, and then send it to Go! Kids Go!, Weston, Worle and Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW or hand it in at our reception.

The deadline for applications is June 15 and the winners will be announced in the Mercury on July 26.


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