Government funding for children’s groups in Sunderland

Aaron Arkley, centre, with one of his Keep Kids Active groups. and assistants Rachael Lawson and Hannah Robson, right.
Aaron Arkley, centre, with one of his Keep Kids Active groups. and assistants Rachael Lawson and Hannah Robson, right.
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A CHILDREN’S activities group is up and running, thanks to a much-needed cash boost.

Keep Kids Active has won Government funding to help it launch two weeks of holiday camps for children from struggling families.

The programme received £1,500 from the national Community Funding Programme to set up the camp at Thornhill School.

Keep Kids Active, a not-for-profit community interest company, started providing physical activity programmes for youngsters in 2011.

With this new funding, it is expanding to running holiday clubs.

The money gives the company the chance to trial two weeks of the club in 2013. This week the group is at Sunderland’s Thornhill School, holding holiday camps for five to 11-year-olds.

Company director Colin Dagg said: “We want to encourage all children to get active, build confidence and give them the knowledge and support to better themselves.

“Those taking part will play football, rounders, cricket, dodgeball and other activities.

“On a Friday afternoon, we have an Olympic challenge where the children play adapted Olympic sports.” Although welcome, the cash boost does not guarantee the club’s future.

Colin added: “This will kickstart our programme, but we will still have to strive to get more funding.

“The children aren’t from families who can afford gyms and clubs and things, so they can’t afford to pull a lot of money out to pay for the sessions.

“We will need to raise more funds to keep the club going.”

For more information about Keep Kids Active, or to book a session, tel. 519 4322 or visit www.acgsports.co.uk.

One class costs £3.

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