Derbyshire County Council has awarded funding of £16,700 to help keep a popular Langley Mill children’s scheme up and running through 2017.
Councillor Paul Jones as secured the immediate future of the free school holiday scheme for children and young people aged seven to 16 at Aldercar High School.
The scheme is organised by Langley Mill Community Group and provides a wide variety of activities from sport to arts and crafts, and 85 youngsters attended the last session in the February half term.
Coun Jones said: “Jones reported ‘The £16,700 I have been able to donate came from our Community Priorities Programme.
“This has been set up to help support the many hard-working community groups across the county who are going the extra mile to strengthen the areas they live in and help people to help themselves.”
He added: ““Its only a pity the Conservatives on the county council do not support such initiatives.
“This type of support is especially important at a time of shrinking Council budgets and this project in Langley Mill is an excellent example of how this funding can help provide activities for our youngsters.”
The funds will be used to help the Langley Mill scheme develop its partnership with Ilkeston Town Football Club Academy, with a new project under way to deliver coaching and leadership qualifications.
Sessions run at the school on Wednesday nights, 6-8pm, alongside a weekly art group.
The project was introduced by the community group’s vice chairman John McCulloch and secretary Sheena Trower to build on the impact of holiday schemes.
Sheena said: “Ilkeston Town FC cement a professional dimension to the development of the scheme.
“The effects of their training policy have been profound, with young people benefitting from structured, yet fun direction in sport, enhancing their interest in physical activities.”
Coun Jones said: “This project would not be possible but for the army of volunteers who support it and make it happen.
“They are the unsung heroes. This funding is as much in recognition of their hard work and commitment to the community as anything else.”
To find out more, contact Sheena on 07846 438426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.