Christine Grahame MSP visited Blainslie Under Fives pre-school parent and child group on Monday to see how the children had benefited from a Big Lottery Fund grant.
The funding, which they received last year, amounted to more than £700 and enabled the children and their parents to take part in active play sessions, including football, dance and movement, and a sports day.
Borders Sport and Leisure was involved in the activities and during Ms Grahame’s visit, the organisation ran a Mini Kickers session for the children.
Kim Wilson, mum to Oscar, 4, and Ollie, 2, said: “It is really important to establish an active lifestyle from a young age. The Big Lottery Fund grant has enabled our playgroup to help promote this.
“The active sessions were thoroughly enjoyed by the children and the new climbing frame is a big hit on the Monday morning sessions now.”
The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out 40 per cent of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
The fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need, and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in 2004 it has awarded close to £6billion.