Young soccers stars bid for cash from town’s Lions

PUBLISHED: 08:00 24 June 2012

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A JUNIOR football club could refurbish its 22-year-old clubhouse with funds from a Mercury-supported campaign.

Milton Nomads would use £1,000 raised through the Go! Kids Go! initiative to add a new kitchen and serving hatch to their clubhouse on Baytree Recreation Ground.

That would then enable the club to serve match day and training refreshments, which would in turn allow for the refitting and redevelopment of the club’s changing room facilities.

The club was founded in 1969 and welcomes youngsters aged four to 16.

It currently has 95 children on its books, while 25 adults help out with the running of the club.

Chairman Mel Woodards said: “We provide an opportunity for the enjoyment of competitive and recreational football for children under 16 who are interested in playing and developing their footballing ability, social skills and community spirit.

“Our club provides association football and other social activities for all our members, regardless of sex, race, disability, religion, ability or economical circumstance.”

Go! Kids Go! is being run by the Weston Lions Club and the Mercury to raise money for organisations working with young people.

Three main grants of £1,000 will be given out from the Axentis Michael Trust, Puxton Park owner Alistair Mead and Howards motor group managing director Peter Coleman.

Smaller grants, starting at £100, will also be available from the Lions fund and a donation from the Weston Carnival Committee.

The deadline has now passed for entries to Go! Kids Go! and we would like to thank all of the groups who have taken the time to enter the scheme.

The response has been overwhelming, with dozens of great clubs and organisations from around North Somerset throwing their name into the mix.

A panel of judges will now look at each of the applications before picking the winners, who will be announced in the Mercury on July 26.

The grants will then be presented to the successful groups at the Lion’s Real Ale and Cider Festival on Weston’s Beach Lawns on July 29.

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