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Xpression Logo ColourA young free style skier, a charity and a scout troop are among those to benefit from the latest round of Xpression Award Scheme grants.

The Wyre Forest District Council Xpression Leisure Grant Scheme incorporates the Ray Mercer Sporting Foundation awards. It is designed to open up new opportunities for groups or individuals who are taking part in art, sport, environmental or heritage activities.

The scheme aims to support small, local projects and people to achieve their potential. Individuals may apply for a maximum of £400 and groups/clubs, up to £1,000.

This round five awards have been made. 10 year old freestyle skier, Sam Annis from Rock, Kidderminster, was one of the successful applicants. Sam has already compiled a long list of achievements and is currently ranked fifth in the British Snow Tour Rankings for the Men’s Freeski Category.  A £400 grant will help him to continue his string of successes and will go towards buying new skis and poles for training and future competitions.

Simply Limitless received a grant of £500 towards new fitness equipment. The charity, based in Kidderminster, focuses on helping the local community to improve their health and well-being. The grant will also enable the charity to continue to deliver fitness classes for the elderly and disabled.

Another applicant to benefit from the scheme is young footballer, Mylo Hall from Blakedown nr Kidderminster. Mylo, 15, trains five days a week and has recently signed a two year contract with West Bromwich Albion Football Academy in their Youth Team. The £400 grant will help to buy his football boots for the year and travelling costs.

KD9 Scouts are buying two patrol tents with their £400 grant.  The scout group has more than 130 members, and 100 of them are children. The tents will ensure the Scout group can continue to regularly go on trips locally, nationally and internationally.

The final application has been awarded Someone’s Art who offers a range of craft activities and programmes. They will be moving into their new premises this month (January) and will be hosting the Craft Bonanza. The £400 grant will help buy craft supplies and show people what’s on offer.

Councillor Anne Hingley, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Well-being and Housing said:

“The Xpressions Scheme opens up a world of opportunity for local causes and aspiring individuals. Each application has demonstrated ability and skill which can continue to be developed and contribute to the local community all with the help of this fantastic scheme.”

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The Xpressions Leisure scheme runs twice yearly, the next deadline for applications is 12 June 2015. To see if you are eligible, please visit the Xpressions Grant page.

Wyre Forest District Council