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Village is a better place to play now.

YOUNGSTERS in Yelvertoft, near Rugby, are celebrating after a skate park, adventure playground and sports facilities were officially opened.

The facilities, which cost pounds 100,000, were paid for with events organised by villagers, as well as grants from organisations including the Onyx Environmental Trust and Biffa, through the Royal Society for Nature Conservation.

The skate park and playground are part of a programme of improvements which started in 2001 when a new village hall opened.

Builders have started work on a sports field and changing rooms.

Villager Geoff Helliwell, chairman of the pre-school sub-committee at the village hall, said: "The skate park has proved very popular, attracting young people not only from Yelvertoft but also from further afield.

"As well as the skate park there is an extension to the basketball court, two adventure playgrounds for toddlers and children, and a fitness trail for all ages."


READY, STEADY, PLAY: Geoff Helliwell on the climbing net with (from left) four-year-olds Alfie Speed, James Owen and Hannah Cooper, and Val Middleton from the pre-school group. Picture: JOE BAILEY
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Nov 12, 2003
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