A SPRINGTIME “Snail Olympics” will aim to encourage more young people to use the great outdoors.
The wildlife project, organised with Rawthorpe’s Netherhall Learning Campus, has been made possible by a grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All small grants programme.
The school and community manager Bridget Crabtree have received £1,920 to provide the unique event during the May half-term holidays.
The snail racing event will be part of a special wildlife project.
The event aims to encourage people to slow down and appreciate local wildlife in the Kilner Bank area. It will include performances, slow races, wildlife workshops, educational sessions and a local biodiversity survey conducted by local people.
The Rawthorpe school is among 83 good causes sharing more than £625,000 from the fund.
Ms Crabtree, treasurer of Rawthorpe and Dalton Youth and Children Activities and Leisure (RADYCAL) and community manager of Netherhall Learning Campus, said: “Thank you Big Lottery Fund for funding the opening in May 2011 of the new outdoor facilities along Kilner Bank in Huddersfield.
“The Faceless Theatre Company Snail Olympics and the Forest School educational activities will encourage many local residents to attend, promote the exciting new facilities and have a lot of fun together.”
The project will also include the launch of new canoe facilities on the River Colne at Kilner Bank as part of the ongoing regeneration and development of outdoor activities and facilities along the Leeds Road corridor.
Other local schools to benefit in the latest cash handout include: Ashbrow Junior school, £9,326; Wilberlee Junior and Infant School, £5,000, Hepworth Junior and Infant School, £9,991; and Christ Church Woodhouse School, Deighton, £8,990.
The money will be spent on sporting and community schemes.
Paul Jones, Big Lottery Fund head of region for Yorkshire and The Humber, said: “These small grants are often the green light for projects to get up and running, providing activities and support for their local communities.
“We are always encouraging more Awards for All applications from local groups who want to improve their local community and support the lives of people most in need.
“There’s some great help and advice on the Awards for All website, so gather your ideas and please have a look and get in touch.”
BIG’s Awards for All programme offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 to social and environmental projects that will benefit local communities and make a difference to the lives of those most in need. Voluntary and community groups, schools, health organisations and parish and town councils can all apply.
Visit www.awardsforall.org.uk or call 08454 10 20 30.