Go Kids Go! returns with a £12k pot

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 April 2016 | UPDATED: 10:06 15 April 2016

Weston Lions Go Kids Go Presentations.

Weston Lions Go Kids Go Presentations.

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A project which aims to get Weston-super-Mare’s children active during the summer is back for a fifth year – and more money than ever is set to be handed out to worthy recipients.

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

Go Kids Go! will again see the Mercury team up with the Weston Lions Club to hand out shares of £12,000 to groups in the area which help children become more active.

Some 24 community groups won a share of £11,000 in 2015 and the pot has increased again this year, in the hope that more groups will come forward and apply for a share of the money.

The winners will be presented with their grants at the Lions’ Real Ale Festival, which returns for its ninth year on July 30-31.

Lions member Malcolm Timmis said the scheme was born out of a concern about the amount of time children were spending in front of computers and video games, rather than getting outdoors and enjoying some fresh air.

Mr Timmis said: “There was a concern that, with the increased use of gaming and other technologies, the young were becoming increasingly sedentary and isolated.

“We felt the best way to encourage activity was by supporting those organisations directly striving to help the young: sports clubs, obviously, but also arts and theatrical groups and community groups – anything indeed that would promote activity and social inclusion in the young.”

The Grand Pier, the Howards Group, the Mead Group, Nightingales, Crosville Motor Services, Weston College, McDonald’s, Hobbs and Webb, the Mercury and Weston Lions have all pledged funds to the scheme, while it is hoped that other sponsors will also sign up before Go Kids Go! draws to a close.

If you run a community group which you think deserves a helping hand, are based within the postcode areas BS22, BS23, BS24, BS25 or BS29, and are 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 equipment, sporting kits and more.

The winners will be announced in the Mercury on July 28 and presentations of the grants will be held on the final day of the Lions’ ale festival, which will take place on the Beach Lawns, Weston, from July 30-31.

Click this link for information about 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 9am on July 20.

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