Go Kids Go! cash needed for bikes and balls

PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 June 2013

Lin Thomas and Aileen Milson with Andrew.

Lin Thomas and Aileen Milson with Andrew.


WITH Wimbledon getting under way this week, Weston Tennis Club is among the latest groups to serve up an application for some Go Kids Go cash.

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As well as this group, Worle charity Age-2-Age, which is bidding to set up a unique biking group, has also applied for a grant from the £10,000 pot in the Mercury and Weston Lions competition.

With new applications pouring in, the deadline for Go Kids Go has now been extended to July 8.

Weston Tennis Club, based in Neva Road, has been running for more than 23 years and wants to expand to attract more youngsters to the sport.

The club is asking for £200 to spend on rackets, balls and other equipment to kick-start the expansion.

Weston Tennis Club, Neva Road, youth members of the club with coach Jamie Allen and equipement for Go Kids Go article.Weston Tennis Club, Neva Road, youth members of the club with coach Jamie Allen and equipement for Go Kids Go article.

Chairman and treasurer Robert Wilson said: “We have to buy special training balls and rackets for the members and this money would help us do that.

“We are trying to get more children interested in this sport, which is very important in these modern times. We want to get them out into the fresh air.”

Age-2-Age also plans to get children active and wants to create a new activity group which will be the first of its kind in North Somerset.

The charity, based in Cromwell Drive, is hoping to launch In 2 Biking in October and has requested £1,500 to fund some final pieces of equipment, including 
helmets, cones and waterproofs.

The club is for people of all abilities, over the age of eight, and has received great feedback from a showcase on its specialist bikes.

Lin Thomas, the project leader, said: “There has been quite a lot of money to raise for the group because the bikes are extremely expensive. But this grant would help us with the smaller items.

“There isn’t anything like this in North Somerset.

“To have something on our doorstep that enables people with a disability to access things people take for granted would be excellent.”

If you run a community group that encourages sport and fitness among young people, are based within the postcode areas BS22, BS23, BS24 and BS25 and are a registered club, charity or not-for-profit organisation you can apply for a grant.

To apply for a grant as part of Go Kids Go! please visit www.westonmercury.co.uk to download an application form or pick one up from the Mercury’s town centre office.

When you have completed the form, send it to Go Kids Go!, Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW or hand it in to one of the receptionists at our office. The deadline for applications is now July 8 and the winners will be announced in the Mercury.

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