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Funding of £500,000 will go to summer time vacation faculty lunch and enjoyable golf equipment, the Welsh training secretary has mentioned.

The cash will probably be supplied to councils in essentially the most disadvantaged components of Wales to assist present play schemes and meals over the lengthy break.

Kirsty Williams mentioned there could be components of training within the golf equipment and Welsh universities could be concerned.

“These golf equipment will provide a constructive atmosphere for all our youngsters through the summer time holidays,” she mentioned.

The Welsh Liberal Democrat AM added: “The truth is for a few of our younger individuals the college summer time holidays generally is a troublesome time.

“Kids who profit from free faculty breakfasts and lunches typically miss meals and go hungry as soon as their faculty closes for the vacations, whereas the shortage of free play schemes and sports activities actions can have an effect on these from essentially the most deprived backgrounds.”

5 native authorities in Wales already run comparable schemes and the Welsh Authorities mentioned councils would be capable of entry funding for brand spanking new ventures within the 2017-18 monetary yr.

The money will probably be distributed along with the Welsh Native Authorities Affiliation, with additional particulars introduced later within the yr.

Katie Palmer, Sustainable Meals Cities co-ordinator for Food Cardiff, described it as “an essential step in tackling well being inequalities”.

“We’re thrilled with this information. Final summer time, Meals Cardiff labored with the Welsh Native Authorities Affiliation to develop the Meals and Enjoyable mannequin throughout Wales, in partnership with native councils and well being boards,” she mentioned.

“The mannequin, primarily based on our pilot in Cardiff throughout summer time 2015, delivered free faculty meals, meals training and enjoyable bodily actions to youngsters through the faculty break.”

Fiona Kinghorn, interim director of Public Well being for Cardiff and Vale College Well being Board, considered one of Meals Cardiff’s companions, additionally welcomed the announcement.

“Some youngsters expertise insufficient diet through the faculty holidays and there may be additionally the potential for lack of studying and social isolation,” she mentioned.

“We’ve lengthy recognised that addressing these points requires a collaborative, coordinated response at native degree, underpinned by nationwide coverage.

“Subsequently we welcome this information from Welsh Authorities, which sees a dedication to ship help the place it’s most wanted.”