Park team plea for help to win £10K

The KIcks project at Eastpines Park
The KIcks project at Eastpines Park
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Residents are being urged to get behind their local team and help win their park £10,000.

The Friends of Eastpines Park in Anchorshome hope to earn a Sport England grant to promote activity for all ages in the park this summer.

But members of the group have to get their bid in soon and part of the bid involves asking local people what activities they really want in their park.

Coun Paul Galley, Anchorsholme ward councillor, said: “We already run a football skills scheme Kicks on Monday and Thursday nights but we want to expand on that and turn our park into an outdoor community centre.

“The Friends of Eastpines Park and Blackpool Council have formally launched their big social programme for Eastpines Park in Anchorsholme, it’s called: ‘Park Life’ – bringing the community together through sport and activity”

“In order for us to bid for the £10,000 that is going to pay for the programme, we have to do a consultation where lots of local children and parents, grandparents, guardians and everyone is involved.

“It takes 30 days to process the bids so we need to move quickly in time for the summer holidays.

“So, as it’s a sports consultation, we are going to hold a free sports event in Eastpines Park on Tuesday, June 9, from 6pm to 8pm for local children.

“There will be free football, dodgeball and a sports challenge course and a few other sports events all provided and run by Blackpool Council and we want as many local people to turn up as possible.

“Every completed consultation form we have massively increases our chances of getting that £10,000 to fund the summer sports programme.

“We already have things like a gardening group and wildlife watch and if we get this it will add a core structure to the timetable at the park.”