Cash windfall for Rotherham kids' activity group

A project aimed at encouraging to get active during the summer months has been rewarded with a cash windfall of £350, 000.

The ‘Adventure Under Blue Sky’ initiative, part of the Pops Summer Camp, will use the money from the Big Lottery Fund to extend its range of outdoor activity sessions at Rosehill Park in Rawmarsh.

Adrian Harvey, project development leader, said: “This amazing fund will make a huge difference, transforming this beautiful part of Rawmarsh and creating a fabulous facility to help improve the mental and physical health of young people in the outdoors.

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“We feel it’s important that children have somewhere engaging, fun and safe to learn new skills, have fun and make new friends.”

Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey, who is a director of the project, added: “I am proud to have backed this scheme as it does so much for the local community. This well-deserved injection of cash will enable them to refurbish the existing bowling green pavilion and run activities all year round.

“I hope they continue the good work, and I will continue to support them however I can in my role as director.”

Pops Summer Camp has been providing a wide range of fun activities, sports, bushcraft, arts and crafts for youngsters since its launch in 2012.

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It is regularly attended by more than 70 youngsters aged between six and 16. This year’s summer programme launched on July 18 and runs until August 12. For more information visit