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Youth groups celebrate after braving the Dragons' Den to claim vital funding

Youth groups are celebrating after being awarded funds for vital projects by Craven District Council's Dragons' Den.

Bentham Youth Cafe

The groups went before a fearsome panel in Belle Vue Square to argue their case for the cash - and emerged triumphant.

Bentham Youth Café was given £500 to hire a coach over the summer months, to take young people in the area to outdoor activity centres.

Sue Yardy, of Bentham Youth Café, said: "We're delighted to get the funding again - this is the fourth year we've been successful.

"This year our project is called 'Out and About' - because there's not a lot of public transport in Bentham, young people can't get out and about to different activities very much.

"We're going to hire a bus over the summer months to take them to outdoor adventure places so they can have a go at things like zip wires, kayaking and archery - things they wouldn't normally get to do.

"We want to give young people different opportunities to get involved in physical activities and have fun at the same time."

Craven Dragons

Team Ketchup was given £345 for Project Comic Swap, and will now hold a series of events aimed at families and young people, kick-started by artist-led workshops.

Beth Tudor, of Team Ketchup, said: "We are really excited to get £345 from the Dragons this year. It will go towards Project Comic Swap, our plan to give more kids in Craven the amazing opportunities Team Ketchup members have had over the last year through our comic publishing project.

"Our first comic is available to buy at Skipton Library, and soon at Craven District Council offices, and we will publish two more this year.

"By having an artist come and teach kids how to make awesome comics we will launch Project Comic Swap with workshops, and then comic swap sessions where kids can trade their work with each other.

"We plan to hold regular Comic Swaps after this to share more comics. These sessions will be for families, young people, or anyone who wants to have a go at making their own comic, and we will start in the autumn term. We can't wait!"

Also successful in the Dragons' Den event were Rewind, who were given £250 to bring in a professional musician to inspire more young people to get involved in music.

GTS Sound, a local drama group operating out of Skipton Town Hall, received £270 towards hiring radio microphones for productions.

Ingleton Pool will fund lifeguard training with the £235 they were given, while Craven Volunteer Centre received £500 for their Summertime Volunteering scheme.

Skipton Juniors FC got £500 for its Football Futures programme, which helps teach young people football leadership skills, including coaching and refereeing.