Boost for outdoor fun for yougnsters at risk

Rod Mellor and Geoff Sutcliffe at the Crow Wood Park
Rod Mellor and Geoff Sutcliffe at the Crow Wood Park
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A CHARITY which works with yongsters in the great outdoors has received a cash boost through the foundation.

Pavilion In The Park (PITP), at Crow Wood Park, Sowerby Bridge has been awarded £5,000 in a Sports Relief grant.

The charity works with people aged 11 to 21 who are at risk or, or are suffering from, substance misues.

The group uses the park to offer children an alternative to wandering the streets, through a youth club, gym and IT suite.

Roderick Mellor, of PITP, said: “As the Sowerby Bridge area suffers from being neither quite rural nor quite urban, there is a distinct lack of community facilities which is not helped by on going public sector cuts.

“PITP will be using this grant to buck this trend by increasing facilities and opportunities to the local people.”

The funding comes from Comic Relief’s Sports Relief and will be put towards various indoor and outdoor activities such as swimming, gym, cricket and volleyball, staff costs and venue hire.

The group will also use the grant to promote a healthier lifestyle and to increase contact with youth services, health agencies, colleges, counselling and treatment agencies.

Another recipient of the £5,000 was Halifax and District Table Tennis Association, which also works with young people in Calderdale.

The next round of applications will begin in January visit or more information.