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MINISTERS WELCOME LOTTERY MONEY FOR KIDS CLUBS

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Over a million of New Opportunities Fund Lottery Money awarded to 23 out-of-school hours clubs has been welcomed by...
Over a million of New Opportunities Fund Lottery Money awarded to 23 out-of-school hours clubs has been welcomed by ministers Jenny Randerson and Jane Hutt.

The money, a total of£1,152,794, will be used to create 1,910 new places for children across Wales.

Jenny Randerson, minister with responsibility for lottery funding in Wales said: 'The money announced today by the New Opportunities Fund for out of hours school clubs is very welcome news indeed and is another example of how lottery funding is working for Wales.

'Lottery funding has had an impact on communities throughout the country. The Welsh assembly government made a commitment in the 'Plan for Wales 2001' that all main lottery funding streams should have a clear Welsh direction. We are working closely with all the five lottery distributors in Wales to ensure that this happens and that the lottery money that comes to Wales supports projects that benefit local communities, such as this wonderful example of out of hours school clubs.'

Minister for health and social services Jane Hutt said: 'This is excellent news for children living in Wales. This funding will help build up childcare facilities which are high quality and will allow children to play and learn in a safe environment. Better childcare facilities also give parents the opportunity to learn new skills or go to work which, in turn, benefits the whole community.'

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