Afterschool club’s a real success story

114202-9844 WCDI AWARDS 2011 (PM & SB) MRW 228/11/2011''// all pix taken at The News WCDI Awards 2011 held at The New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth //''Category: Best Art/Sport/Community Project''Award: Runners-up''Dot to Dot'''Picture: Malcolm Wells (114202-9844)
114202-9844 WCDI AWARDS 2011 (PM & SB) MRW 228/11/2011''// all pix taken at The News WCDI Awards 2011 held at The New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth //''Category: Best Art/Sport/Community Project''Award: Runners-up''Dot to Dot'''Picture: Malcolm Wells (114202-9844)

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AFTERSCHOOL club King’s Kids was picked as the winner in the Best Art/Sport/Community Project category.

114202-9850  WCDI AWARDS 2011 (PM & SB) MRW 228/11/2011''// all pix taken at The News WCDI Awards 2011 held at The New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth //''Category: BestArt/Sport/Community Project''Award: Winners'' Kings Kids - (back left to right) Abigail Benton, Audrey Benton, Gareth Benton, Gloria Hill of wave 105, and Michael Francis (front left to right) Ella Benton and Elijah Benton '''Picture: Malcolm Wells (114202-9850)

114202-9850 WCDI AWARDS 2011 (PM & SB) MRW 228/11/2011''// all pix taken at The News WCDI Awards 2011 held at The New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth //''Category: BestArt/Sport/Community Project''Award: Winners'' Kings Kids - (back left to right) Abigail Benton, Audrey Benton, Gareth Benton, Gloria Hill of wave 105, and Michael Francis (front left to right) Ella Benton and Elijah Benton '''Picture: Malcolm Wells (114202-9850)

It’s been a fantastic year for the club, as it also celebrated its 15th birthday.

The club was set up by a group of volunteers from King’s Church, in Elm Grove, Southsea.

It aims to give children in the Somers Town area a chance to gain confidence and explore different activities.

It started out with around 70 children taking part, but now more than 100 kids attend each week.

And it was rewarded for all its hard work at Monday night’s We Can Do It Awards ceremony, held at the New Theatre Royal in Portsmouth.

Church minister Gareth Benton said: ‘It was fantastic to have won. We’ve been doing this for 15 years and we just love it really.

‘The best thing about it is doing it for the children.

‘They are so special and we love running the club for them.’

Coming on stage to collect the prize were Gareth Benton, with his wife Audrey Benton, and children Abigail, 11, Ella, eight, and Elijah, seven.

Joining them was fellow club volunteer Michael Francis.

The club runs afterschool clubs in Somers Park School, Somers Road, and Cottage Grove School, Chivers Close.

Bringing the message of peace to Portsmouth, a mosaic created by a Paulsgrove art group was runner-up in this category.

Dot to Dot helped create the artwork, which is outside the Jami Mosque in Victoria Road North, Southsea.

Gleaming tiles carry the message ‘peace is better’ in Arabic, with an English translation underneath.

It had been pieced together by pupils from various schools in Portsmouth, with a helping hand from Pompey football legend Linvoy Primus.