Bridport Youth Club is the beneficiary of a donation of £1,000, given by Brit Valley Rotary Club and Bridport Runners to the Youth Club’s management yesterday. The money is aimed at establishing and developing sports activities in the Club which depends on private donations since Dorset County Council stopped funding the Club in autumn 2016. Half of the amount was raised from entrance fees of last year’s Bridport Jurassic Coast Run, while the other half was donated by Brit Valley Rotary Club from their local charity fund.
For the last three years the two community groups have been supporting local projects which are helping children and youngsters to take part in sporting activities or being physically active. Former recipients were the Cross Country squad at the Sir John Colfox Academy and special needs children from Mountjoy School.
Bridport Runners’ Chair Brian Shelley who will join the Youth Club’s Trust Board, said: “Youngsters, especially aged between 12 and 16, need regular sports to support their physical and mental development. Some of them begin to turn into ambitious athletes at that age. We hope that the joint donation of our two community clubs will help in establishing the right activities for these young people.”
Brian also announced that the new edition of this year’s Bridport Jurassic Coast Run will take place on Sunday, 6th of August, during West Bay Days and will consist of a 10k and a half-marathon race again.