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Play schemes to benefit from pounds 2m lottery boost.

TWO play schemes in South Wales will benefit from almost pounds 2m of Lottery funding.

Cardiff council and the Rhondda Cynon Taf Play Association will share pounds 1.97m to encourage more children to play outside.

The funding has come from the child's play strand of the Big Lottery Fund's pounds 20m healthy families programme.

The money will support the Cardiff and Vale play project, which is designed to deliver play opportunities in 24 communities in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. Jackie Dorrian, the play development officer, said: "The money is going to have a huge impact.

"It will increase play provision to give more children the opportunity to socialise and be more physically active as well as engaging the local community."

The Rhondda Cynon Taf Play Association's branching out community play project will develop play for 2,900 children aged eight to 12 in 20 communities.

Barbara Wilding, vice-chairwoman of the healthy families committee, said: "All the latest projects benefiting from funding will meet child play's aims by promoting healthy and active lifestyles among children and families."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Jun 3, 2010
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