A brand new children's play area and adult gym have been created in Bottesford, thanks to a group of enterprising young people.
The new equipment at Hooper Close green includes wooden climbing frames and a spinner for kids, plus exercise bikes, high bars and cross trainers for adults.
It's been made possible by Bottesford Youth Council members who used their entrepreneurial skills to secure £3,600 for the children's playground from the local community forum. But, the teenagers didn't stop there and also successfully bid for £10,000 from Sport For All to pay for the adult gym.
The youth group, which is supported by Leicestershire County Council, will be taking part in an opening event next Saturday 26th April and raising money for the local scout group.
Lucy Patchett, who is 12, said: We wanted a place where people who didn’t like to skateboard could come and chill. This is a good start!”
Fourteen-year-old Hannah Stokes said: "We did a consultation around the village to see what the residents of Bottesford wanted and this is the result. We hope people turn out to officially open the play area and raise some much needed funds for the Scouts."
Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children and young people, said: "These new facilities will be a great boost for all members of the community in Bottesford.
"The young people involved should be really proud of all their efforts which will benefit many generations of villagers."
Members of the youth council will be taking part in the official opening on Saturday, 26th April, between 2pm – 4pm, at Hooper Close play area in Bottesford (NG13 0FH) - it will include a bake sale, refreshments and games.
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BOTTESFORD GALA RETURNS IN 2014
Held on the bank holiday Monday 5th May this popular event makes a welcome return after a years break in 2013.
Still at the planning stage but it's shaping up to be another date for the diary with arena attractions, stalls on the field and in the village hall, bouncy castles, go carts, bar and refreshment area and the famous Lions BBQ and the Crowning of the village May Queen and her 2 Attendees.
A great family event - free entrance for accompanied children. More details to follow in the village voice.