Children’s centre and boxing club among the latest Go Kids Go! bids

PUBLISHED: 12:30 27 June 2017

Children and parents enjoying a play session at Ashcombe Children's Centre, which is hoping for Go Kids Go! cash.

Children and parents enjoying a play session at Ashcombe Children's Centre, which is hoping for Go Kids Go! cash.

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A children’s centre is hoping to secure cash from Go Kids Go! to help it support families in Weston-super-Mare, while a new children’s boxing club is bidding to win cash to expand.

Go Kids Go! is back for 2016.Go Kids Go! is back for 2016.

The youth funding project is run in partnership by Weston Lions Club and the Mercury, and support from businesses around the town has yielded a £9,000 pot for 2017.

Ashcombe Children’s Centre, in Stepping Stone Walk, is among the organisations to submit applications so far. It provides facilities, learning sessions, play activities and development sessions to more than 500 children every week.

It hosts playgroups, nursery sessions, supervised contact for families and also runs domestic abuse support groups.

Alison Burnett, fundraiser for the Friends of Ashcombe Children’s Centre group, has applied for up to £1,500 to improve the centre’s outdoor space.

Her application said: “Any donation would enable vital maintenance and improvement to our magic garden. It needs a shaded area to enable children to play safely outside, read storybooks and explore different projects.”

She also said the centre hopes to buy sensory equipment for children to play with.

Box Tots, which teaches boxing skills to children aged four to nine, has also applied for a grant.

Group manager Ross Grindrod said: “We teach boxing skills through fun and games, not only teaching boxing but also fitness and discipline.”

The group is expanding all the time, but currently has about 20 children a week attending its Thursday evening sessions.

It wants to set up an additional session so more children can take part, which would cost £3,500, but it has asked Go Kids Go! for a £500 grant for new kit.

Go Kids Go! funds individuals, clubs and not-for-profit organisations which work with people 18 years old and under. People can apply for a grant of up to £2,000 and previous winners can re-apply. You can download an application here.

Applications must be submitted to briana.millett@archant.co.uk or Go Kids Go!, Weston Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston, BS23 1LW by July 19.

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