Tennis and rugby players hoping to benefit from Go Kids Go!
PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 June 2015
THE applications for Go Kids Go! funding have been flooding in and this week the spotlight is on two sporting groups who are hoping to receive a financial boost, Winscombe Rugby Football Club and Weston Tennis Club.
The scheme – headed up by Weston Lions Club and the Mercury, and backed by local businesses – has a funding pot of £11,000 to give to youth groups in the area with the aim of keeping children and young people as active as possible.
Weston Tennis Club has asked the scheme for £250 to pay for mini tennis balls, rackets and other training aids for juniors who take part in its sessions.
The club’s treasurer and membership secretary Robert Wilson said: “The purpose of the club is to promote the playing of tennis and to encourage more people, particularly children, to make use of the excellent facilities available.
“Our licensed coach holds taster sessions in local primary schools to enthuse young children to give tennis a try.”
Last year the club had 67 junior members and even more visitors aged between four and 17.
Mr Wilson said: “Our head coach wants to provide more fun days and tennis camps during school holidays when youngsters can try out other games and have some fun and exercise as well as learning the tactics and techniques of tennis.”
Winscombe Rugby Football Club is also hoping it will receive a grant from the scheme to buy upgraded first aid kits, new thermal jackets and tracksuits for Winscombe Warriors Under 18 Girls Rugby Team.
It has asked for £1,500 to put towards its project which will cost a total of £1,765. Its members will hold bag-packs and a charity car wash to raise additional cash.
The club’s under-18s rugby coach Gareth Waterfield said: “The girls have been truly amazing. During the last season they have not lost one home match.
“As there are so few girls rugby teams many of their matches require huge commitment in terms of distances travelled, from Wales to Worcester and Exeter, or as far south as Plymouth and Newquay.
“Many of the girls have incurred injuries and all of them have returned to the squad, ranging from broken ankles, noses and dislocated shoulders to one girl who continues to astonish us by playing with a severe curvature of the spine.
“These girls are true to the spirit of the sport, raising their own money by bag packing and washing cars to help for match fees and any tournament entry fees.”
In 2014 Go Kids Go! helped 24 organisations by providing grants ranging from £250 to £2,000 for new equipment, building renovations and more.
The deadline for applications for this year’s funding pot is July 13 and cheque presentations will take place at the Lions’ Real Ale Festival on July 26.