No cash means an end to play scheme

A FREE play and sports scheme used by hundreds of children is to end.

The Play Rangers, run by Daventry District Council, are being wound up due to a lack of money.

The scheme was launched by the council at the start of 2008 after the authority received a £199,293 grant from the Big Lottery Fund to run the project for three years.

It was so popular that it was extended for a fourth year.

However, the money for the project has now run out, and DDC cannot find an alternative source of cash.

Simon Bowers, business manager at DDC, said: “The funding for the Play Rangers came from the Big Lottery Fund.

“This money has now been spent and there is no further funding available.”

Since their launch, the Play Rangers have provided free games, activities and sports to hundreds of children across the Daventry district, usually during the school holidays.

A key idea behind the scheme was to take activities and equipment out to communities which otherwise might not have access to similar sports and play equipment.

They have run events from football and crafts, through to bringing along quad bikes and climbing walls.

Activities within Daventry, such as the summer sports camps, are not affected by this decision.