Power chair football team aiming for a £1,000 goal

PUBLISHED: 14:00 12 May 2012

Jonathan Broadfield and John Clarke

Jonathan Broadfield and John Clarke

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A GROUP providing competitive sporting opportunities for disabled youngsters in Weston and North Somerset is bidding to be one of three groups to benefit from £1,000 through a Mercury-supported scheme.

The Weston Warriors, a project aimed at setting up a power chair football team for youngsters in the town, is just one of the entrants to the Go! Kids Go! scheme, launched by the Mercury and the Weston Lions Club last month.

The newly-formed group is run by Weston College students who want to set up a new team in which disabled youngsters could compete in an adapted version of football.

Warriors chairman Jonathan Broadfield said: “There is not much in the way of disability sports in Weston, so this will give people with disabilities a chance to take part in one of the country’s best-loved sports.

“It will give them a chance to feel part of a team and enjoy playing an adapted version of football. It will also fill the players with a sense of achievement and belonging which comes with being part of a team.”

Three groups will be handed cheques for £1,000 at the Lions Real Ale Festival on July 29, while smaller grants starting at £100 will also be available from a Lions fund of £2,000.

If you want to apply for money to go towards your group, it must be based within postcode areas BS22, BS23, BS24 and BS25 and be a registered club, charity or not-for-profit organisation which encourages sport or wellbeing.

Grant money could be used to provide new training and sports equipment and kit, improvements to clubhouses and any facilities which may improve the health and wellbeing of youngsters using them.

To apply, simply download an application form by visiting www.westonmercury.co.uk or pick one up from the Mercury office.

When you have completed the form, 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.

n Pictured right: Jonathan Broadfield and John Clarke.


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