Two Farnborough schools and a football club will be sharing more than £11,000 in the latest round of grants from the Farnborough Airport Community Environmental Fund.
Rushmoor Borough Council’s Cabinet approved a grant of £7,000 to Southwood Infant School, £2,505 to Grange Community Junior School PTA and £1,500 to Cove Football Club, when it met on Tuesday 5 February.
Southwood Infant School will use the grant to install a single woodland tower with roof and stairs, a sloping rope climb, vertical rock and slide with a safety surface. This will replace a grassed area, which becomes a very wet and muddy and cannot be used in the winter months.
Grange Community Junior School PTA will be using its £2,505 grant to plant a row of hedging from the back gate of the school to the main playground alongside its playing field. This will encourage children and parents to use the path rather than the playing fields, as the sports pitches are being damaged.
Children will be helping with the planting of the hedge and it is hoped that the local community will also get involved. The hedge also provides a habitat and shelter for wildlife.
Cove FC will be using its funding to set up a walking football club for the over 50s. The grant will go toward hiring facilities and for football and medical equipment.
Councillor Maurice Sheehan, Rushmoor Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Operational Services, said: “We are pleased to make funds available for these three very different projects.
“One is providing more play opportunities for children, another protecting wear and tear on a school playing field and getting children and the community involved in conservation work and the Cove FC one is for older people who want to keep fit from middle age onwards. This just shows the varied range of projects the fund can be used to benefit different members of our community.”
The airport fund is open to groups based within three miles of Farnborough Airport and grants can be given to community or environment-based projects, which improve green or open spaces, natural habitats or activities with an emphasis on outdoor education.
More information about the airport fund and other grants administered by Rushmoor Borough Council is available on the council’s website, www.rushmoor.gov.uk/grants