Playground scheme on shortlist to secure funds

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VOTES are needed for a community project seeking to transform a rundown Sheffield playground.

A scheme to upgrade the Grammar Street playground, Upperthorpe, is on a Yorkshire-wide shortlist competing for funding from the Transform Your Patch campaign.

The campaign is seeking to regenerate more than 160 outdoor spaces around the country with help from environmental charity Groundwork and financial support from soft drinks manufacturers Britvic and PepsiCo.

A total of 15 outdoor spaces in Yorkshire and Humberside will be chosen, with Sheffield’s choice battling against rival projects in Leeds, Halifax and Hull.

The campaign is concentrating on four types of community facility – playgrounds, picnic areas and parks, skate parks and five-a-side football pitches.

Sheffield folk are being asked to get behind the Upperthorpe programme by voting at – if enough support is received it could be selected as a ‘super’ project, which will receive extra levels of funding.

The campaign is running for nine months, from February to October.

Sir Tony Hawkhead, Groundwork chief executive, said: “We’re thrilled to be involved with the Transform Your Patch campaign.

“Our charity’s goal is to create real change for the future on a regional and national level. We’ve carefully selected projects matching the interests and the needs of communities across the length and breadth of the UK, so as many people as possible benefit.”