A SCHEME to give youngsters greater opportunities to take part in physical activity has won an award.
The Activ8-2-16 programme, developed and co-ordinated by Wrexham County Borough's sports development team, has received a national award from the Association of Public Service Excellence (APSE).
It was the only entry from a total of 300 submissions to receive a merit award for its achievement.
The scheme was set up to provide children with mild physical and psychological conditions with the opportunity to take part in structured physical activities.
Children receive 10 weeks of physical activity free of charge and a three-month swimming pass allowing them free access to council swimming pools.
On completion of the 10 weeks, the youngsters are encouraged to continue with their chosen activity and are given a discount card, which allows them 50% off the cost of activities in leisure centres.
This encourages those taking part to build physical activity into their lives, ensuring good habits are formed and continued.
More than 100 young people have been referred onto the scheme, which has grown significantly over the last 18 months.