Sprowston community projects need your votes

Just Regional
May 7, 2015 2 mins read

Two Sprowston projects are in the running to received much-needed funding through the Aviva Community Fund Awards.
Sprowston Community High School has entered a project into the ‘supporting the younger generation’ category and is asking for up to £25,000 to upgrade its swimming pool.

With it being reported that 45% of children in primary schools cannot swim 25 metres, the school is calling on the community to vote for their project, so that they can continue to offer this facility for the teaching of life-saving skills to all young people.

The school’s pool is regularly used by the wider community, local primary schools and Sprowston students, with approximately 500-1,000 people accessing it every week.

If successful in winning the competition, the school would receive £25,000 to help with their swimming pool upgrade works, including installing energy efficient circulation pumps and filters, new PVC doors and windows to replace the ageing wood and metal ones, and improving the lighting with energy efficient LED fittings.

Malcolm Johnston, the school’s community events manager said: “With a shortfall in swimming facilities within the local area and an increasing population, it is vital that we maintain the long-term future of our swimming pool through essential upgrade works, so that it can be used for generations to come.”

Sprowston Youth Engagement Project has also entered the supporting the younger generation category, and is asking for up to £5,000 to deliver ‘Discover, Explore & Create’, a 12-month project focused on providing young people with support, encouragement and opportunities that will enable them to build confidence and self-esteem as well as provide them with facilities and positive activities.

The project is split into three elements that offer different levels of engagement and involvement – this three-step approach also offers young people development and progression as they move through the project. All elements enable young people to build their confidence, whether it’s trying a new activity, learning a new skill or having support from youth workers. The project is open to any young person wanting to attend.

Voting for the Aviva Community Fund Awards opened on May 1 and closes on May 30. The projects with the most votes will become finalists.

To support and vote for local projects visit www.community-fund.aviva.co.uk.

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