Go Kids Go! winners revealed...
PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 July 2014
THE winners of our third Go Kids Go! scheme have been picked and a total of £12,000 has been divided between 24 clubs who want to help get youngsters active.
Over the past seven weeks we have heard from schools, scouts, sports teams and children’s activity clubs who all want a helping hand in boosting their organisations.
The grant scheme has been offered through a partnership between the Mercury and Weston Lions Club and upped its funds to £12,000 this year in a bid to include even more young teams.
Lions spokesman Eric Tones said: “Another great Go Kids Go! year, the judges examined 31 applications, the overall quality was very high and from a wonderful diverse range of groups.
“Regrettably we had only a finite fund so in order to award as high a grant as possible we had to decline seven of the applications and award 24 with grants.
Go Kids Go! winners
◗ 1st Milton Scouts
◗ Kewstoke Community Farm
◗ Weston Town JFC
◗ Weston Tennis Club
◗ Priory Pumas
◗ Hutton Brownies
◗ Milton Park Primary School
◗ 2nd Locking Brownies
◗ Crossroads Care
◗ Shipham Scouts
◗ Avon Ski Club
◗ Kewstoke Primary School
◗ Kewstoke JFC
◗ Hornets RFC
◗ Winscombe Cricket Club
◗ Sandford Primary School
◗ Walliscote Primary School
◗ Superstars Cheerleaders
◗ Theatre Orchard
◗ Bleadon Youth Club
◗ Our Way Our Say
◗ Sports Active Seagulls
“I hope those who were not successful this year will consider applying again next year.”
We can today now reveal the names of all the winners, all of which will receive a minimum of £200 towards their work.
One of the winners was children’s football club Kewstoke JFC – soon to be known as FC Locking – and club secretary, Katy Anelay, said they would spend money on new goalposts and another full sized pitch to cater for all 150 members.
She said: “I think activities and sports are very important. There is not enough sports in schools and children should be encouraged to do sport outside as well. It is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle.”
The increased cash in this year’s scheme was made possible thanks to generous donations from the Grand Pier, Mead Group, Nightingales, Howards Group, Quadron Services and Alliance Homes, as well as the Mercury, Weston Lions Club, Weston Town Council and Weston Carnival Committee.
Mr Tones added: “Many thanks to the Mercury and the sponsors for making Go Kids Go! possible and enabling so many young people to benefit.”
Winners will be presented with cheques at the Weston Lions’ real ale festival on the Beach Lawns, which will take place from July 25-27.