Enterprising teenagers help provide new play area and adult gym facilities in Bottesford

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A new children’s play area and adult gym have been installed in Bottesford thanks to enterprising young people

The equipment at Hooper Close green includes climbing frames and a spinner for kids, plus exercise bikes, high bars and cross trainers for adults.

It has been made possible by Bottesford Youth Council members who used their entrepreneurial skills to secure £3,600 for the play area from the local community forum. But the teenagers didn’t stop there – they also successfully bid for £10,000 from Sport For All to pay for the adult gym.

The youth group, which is supported by Leicestershire County Council, will take part in an opening event tomorrow (Saturday) which will also raise money for the local scout group.

Hannah Stokes, 14, said: “We did a consultation around the village to see what residents wanted and this is the result. We hope people come on Saturday.”

Ivan Ould, County Hall’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “The young people involved should be really proud of their efforts which will benefit many generations of villagers.”