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A NEW project co-ordinator has been appointed to help run a games area following a £24,000 cash boost.

Barclays to Y Services for Young People – a youth charity in Hampshire that supports communities and organisations to develop high-quality youth work projects – has awarded £24,827 to Forton Road Multi-Use Games Area (Muga) in Gosport.

As well as funding the project co-ordinator the grant has enabled the running of three 90-minute structured sports sessions a week for 45 weeks to increase participation.

The new funding for the Muga follows previous grants totalling £70,000 awarded by Barclays since 2006.

Caroline Dinenage, MP for Gosport, said: ‘Forton Road is a focal point of the local community so it is very pleasing that Barclays is continuing to fund physical activity programmes at the site.

‘The focus on increasing participation is a particularly exciting factor as the site seeks to expand on the great work it carries out.’