Primary school hopes for Go Kids Go! cash

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 June 2015

Pupils with some of their current playground equipment.

Pupils with some of their current playground equipment.

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A PRIMARY school is hoping to be able to buy its students brand new bikes and scooters to get them active during break times.

Go Kids Go! is launching with an £11,000 funding pot.Go Kids Go! is launching with an £11,000 funding pot.

Lympsham Primary School has applied for a £500 grant from Go Kids Go! to put towards the project.

The Go Kids Go! scheme – headed up by Weston Lions Club and the Mercury, and supported by local businesses – is in its fourth year and has £11,000 to give away to youth groups across Weston and the surrounding area.

Lympsham Primary School is the latest organisation to apply for a grant.

The school has 113 pupils aged between four and nine and its headteacher Fiona Robertson hopes the project will benefit every one of them.

She said: “We would like to get the children more active at break times and lunch times.

“We would like to purchase some RABO bikes and scooters that the children could share and use within these designated times.

“The project would benefit all the children here at Lympsham School.”

The RABO bikes are specifically designed for children and for use in schools and cost between £139.99 and £269.99 each. The school hopes to buy as many as possible.

As well as applying for a £500 grant through the Go Kids Go! scheme, it is also carrying out its own fundraising through the school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

Ms Robertson said: “We are funded by Sedgemoor County Council but as with all schools there is not enough surplus to enable us to buy luxuries.

“We have to rely on grants, donations and PTA funding for this.”

In 2014 Go Kids Go! helped 24 organisations by providing grants ranging from £250 to £2,000 for new equipment, building renovations and more.

This year it has expanded and is open to not just sporting groups but drama clubs and any other community groups who help to keep children active.

Applicants must be a registered club, charity or not-for-profit organisation, to apply for a grant.

The deadline for applications for this year’s funding pot is July 13 and cheque presentations will take place on the final day of Weston Lions’ Real Ale Festival on July 26.

Click here to download your application form.

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