A GROUP has been spending money from a grant on keeping children active and interested in exercise.
Pompey in the Community received £26,000 from The News’ Cash for Communities fund and has been spending that cash on schoolchildren in the area.
The group, based in Anson Road, Fratton, applied for the grant last year and was one of 12 projects successful in its application.
The team decided to apply for the grant to help disadvantaged children in Portsmouth and provide them with fun activities.
It has spent the £26,000 on providing physical activity sessions for 36 schools in deprived areas.
The first of the free, weekly sessions was held at Cottage Grove Primary School, in Chivers Close, Southsea.
Headteacher of the school Polly Honeychurch said: ‘We are absolutely delighted that so many of our children are keen to stay for an after-school sports club.
‘We have such a long waiting list we will have to run the club again next term.
‘The children have benefitted from learning a range of sports skills in a relaxed, fun but safe environment.
‘We can’t wait to work with Pompey in the Community on future initiatives.’
The children took part in a number of activities including catching and throwing, playing with bean bags and running.
They used equipment bought by Pompey in the Community especially for the two sessions.
Clare Martin, director of community projects, said: ‘This funding has been fantastic.
‘It has enabled us to work with hundreds of youngsters that we wouldn’t have been able to otherwise.
‘The feedback has been consistently good and it’s great to see children having fun while learning how to live healthier, more active lives.
‘Some youngsters have also had the opportunity to come to a match with their family at Fratton Park.
‘Thank you to the Big Lottery for making this possible.’