Kessingland aims to bag £12,000 Tesco grant for outdoor gym

Kessingland Parish council is appealing to the community to suport its bid to win £10,000 funding fr

Kessingland Parish council is appealing to the community to suport its bid to win £10,000 funding from Tesco for an outdoor gym. Lindsay Seal, Pat Wernham and Brian Kite at the site for the new gym equipment. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A coastal village is hoping a bag a £12,000 grant so it can create a much-needed outdoor gym.

Kessingland Parish council is appealing to the community to suport its bid to win £10,000 funding fr

Kessingland Parish council is appealing to the community to suport its bid to win £10,000 funding from Tesco for an outdoor gym.Lindsay Seal, Pat Wernham and Brian Kite at the site for the new gym equipment.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Kessingland residents had suggested to parish councillors that exercise equipment near the existing skate park and multi-use games area (MUGA) at the village's community playing field would be a great addition to the area.

And now, the village is in the running to win grants of £12,000, £10,000 or £8,000 through the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Parish councillor Brian Kite said: 'The benefits would be to have a greater social mix there, as it's mostly young people down there at the moment - it would be nice to have some adults as well.'

He also said the exercise equipment would have huge health benefits, as the village doesn't currently have any gym or exercise facilities, and would be within walking distance for residents.

Kessingland Parish council is appealing to the community to suport its bid to win £10,000 funding fr

Kessingland Parish council is appealing to the community to suport its bid to win £10,000 funding from Tesco for an outdoor gym.Lindsay Seal, Pat Wernham and Brian Kite at the site for the new gym equipment.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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With an increasing number of people also using the nearby skatepark, Mr Kite said the area could prove a popular destination for many residents and visitors.

Shoppers are invited to vote for the project they think most deserves the top grant before the poll closes on Sunday (November 13).

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Customers can cast their vote by using a token given to them at the checkout each time they shop.

Mr Kite said the outdoor gym could be created with the £8,000 grant but that winning the higher amounts of money would enable between eight and 10 pieces of cardiovascular equipment to be installed, as oppose to six.

It would also mean better a better ground surface could be put in.

Also in the running for a slice of the £12.5million carrier bag charges fund is Roman Hill Primary School in Lowestoft, which is hoping to make a series of improvements to its outdoor area including a raised garden, gazebo and all-weather path.

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