St Andrews park shortlisted for £15,000 ‘bursary’

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one of St Andrews’ most popular play areas is in the running for a ‘renovation bursary.’

Cockshaugh Park has been shortlisted for a chance to win the £15,000 makeover as part of Robinsons Fruit Shoot’s national mission to protect outdoor play.

The park has been chosen from over 1000 entries to become a finalist in the company’s Parents for Playgrounds campaign.

The campaign has been described as ‘‘a national mission’’ which has seen parents from across the country nominate playgrounds close to them that are in need of repair and giving them an opportunity to win one of five renovation bursaries of up to £15,000.

Launched in February, the campaign is supported by celebrity mum of two Patsy Kensit and leading play charity, Play England, all of whom contributed to judging the entries.

Cockshaugh Park is one of only 20 playgrounds to make the final shortlist.

A spokesperson said: ‘‘The St Andrews park stood out to the judges because of the passionate entry and support from the local community and the difference a renovation bursary would make to the playground, which is currently in desperate need of repair.’’

Local mum, Brenda Thompson - who nominated the playground - told the Citizen: ‘‘I’m so excited that our local playground has been shortlisted to receive the bursary.

‘‘My kids love playing outside but, at the moment, the playground is looking very tired and run down so this campaign is a great idea.

‘‘If our playground receives the £15,000 bursary it would make such a difference to our community by giving our children a fun and stimulating place to play.”

Parents in St Andrews now have one month to canvas for as many votes as possible for Cockshaugh on in order to ensure that it becomes one of the top five winning playgrounds.

At the end of April, the playgrounds which have received the most votes will be announced then renovated throughout May, June and July so that they are ready for play at the beginning of the summer holidays.

Amy Little, campaigns manager at Play England, added: ‘‘As well as being the fun part of childhood, our research shows that outdoor play is important for children’s social, emotional, intellectual and physical development, so it is vital that we continue to invest in children’s play.

‘‘We hope that Parents for Playgrounds will inspire local parents and the wider community to rally behind the places where their children play, to sustain them into the future.

‘‘We look forward to working with the winning five communities.”