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Funding boost for Harrogate youngsters

[Thursday 15 June 2006]

SEVEN community groups in and around Harrogate are celebrating after receiving a £27, 000 funding boost.

Young people in particular are set to benefit from the latest round of grants that sees educational, sport and cultural groups receive Lottery funding from Awards for All.

We're absolutely over the moon. We couldn't go on this trip without the Awards for All funding and we're delighted, especially as the application was put together by the girls themselves...

Samantha Ellis - Boroughbridge Guide Leader

Ranger guides from the 1st Boroughbridge Unit will be earning their explorer badges after receiving £3,200 to fund their educational trip to Poland.

The two-week trip during the summer holidays will see five of the eleven 14 to16 year-old guides experience a different culture and meet their Polish counterparts. The trip will see them exploring the country and its history.

Samantha Ellis, a Boroughbridge Guide Leader said: "We're absolutely over the moon. We couldn't go on this trip without the Awards for All funding and we're delighted, especially as the application was put together by the girls themselves as part of their committee.

"None of the girls has been abroad with international guiding before and it'll be a fantastic trip for them. We intend to learn more about its fascinating history, in particular by visiting Auschwitz. Part of what we do as a ranger unit is to have a committee and the 16-year-old chairman will be absolutely thrilled."

Kirkby Malzeard C of E School is also celebrating after receiving £5,000 to set up after-school clubs for the benefit of schools in their rural area. Along with pupils from Grewelthorpe and Fountains Church Primary Schools, Kirkby Malzeard kids will benefit from creative arts, drama, sports and dance programmes.

Margaret Burton, Extended Schools Coordinator for Ripon and Rural Areas, said: "The nearest big town is Ripon and very few activities go on for children in these three villages.

"The Awards for All funding will give them the opportunity to take part in activities they would otherwise struggle to find, and we're absolutely delighted. Issues in rural areas are usually around access and this will help the three schools put on different activities, including arts and crafts, drama and dance, and sports activities such as tennis and athletics, with a view to later putting on badminton and play schemes."

Other groups benefiting from grants in the Harrogate district are: Pine Street Allotment Association which is using its £1,106 grant to improve security; Masham Primary School who are creating a wildlife garden with a grant of £5,000; Kirkby Malzeard Youth Club is spending its £3,000 on employing a Youth Worker and on leisure activity equipment; Spofforth Cricket Club is rejuvenating its youth section with £4,926 and Thirsk Cricket Club based in Hambleton, intends to improve facilities there with its £5,000 grant.

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