East Ayrshire is set to miss out on a funding grant providing more outdoor play opportunities for children in deprived communities.

Charities for the Scottish Government-funded grant were selected by Inspiring Scotland, who aim to provide young people with opportunities across Scotland.

According to the charity, no East Ayrshire groups stepped forward for a share of the funding.

The cash is part of a £550,000 boost for charities across Scotland to expand outdoor play in their areas.

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Neighbouring South and North are both set to benefit from the grant, with all the Ayrshire cash going to the Children 1st charity.

A total of £15,582 will be spent in North Ayrshire and £15,088.50 in South Ayrshire.

In all, 32 charities across Scotland will receive a share of the fund.

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Julia Abel, director of funds at Inspiring Scotland, said: “All children have the right to play – not only is it vital for their mental health and wellbeing, but is also supports children to learn social and emotional skills while boosting their physical activity.

“The beauty of outdoor community play is that it’s child-led, enabling children to use their creativity and imagination to develop their own ways to have fun, overcome barriers, while teaching life-enhancing skills that will make positive effects all the way into adulthood.”