Grassroots sports clubs to benefit from Sport Wales funding
News, Sport | Rhys Williams | Published: 09:00, Friday October 25th, 2019.
Three sports clubs in Caerphilly County Borough have received a share of more than £25,000 of funding from Welsh Government body Sport Wales.
Rhymney Valley Athletics Club has received £11,222 as part of the Place for Sport grant, while Islwyn Gymnastics Club, based in Cwmfelinfach, has received £7,668.
The Van Road Trails Group has been given £6,816 as part of the initiative.
In total, 118 sports clubs across Wales have received a share of more than £1 million of funding.
Sport Wales, which is also backed by the National Lottery Fund, said the funding will “help boost community sport facilities in Wales”.
Karl Ward of Islwyn Gymnastics Club, which is based in an industrial unit at Nine Mile Point Industrial Estate, said: “We applied for the funding so we could install additional heating, and the funding will cover half of the costs.
“Last winter, it was pretty cold and it affected our gymnasts’ performances.
“Hopefully with the extra heating we’ll be able to keep the numbers up during the winter.”
The club, which moved to Cwmfelinfach in September 2018, now has around 400 members and has been nominated for a Sport Caerphilly award.
Brian Davies, director of elite sport at Sport Wales, said: “The response to the application process was quite staggering really.
“We were able to direct many people to our other grant schemes, but it was a real challenge making the final awards.
“We’re delighted that so many clubs, across so many sports, are going to be strengthened because of the investments we’ve been able to make.
“We really hope these projects will have a lasting impact on new and existing participants for years to come.”
Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM, Welsh Government’s deputy minister for culture, sport and tourism said: “Whether it’s the hall you dance in or the pitch you play on, having the right sports facilities in place has a big impact on a person’s experience – and likelihood of them participating on a regular basis.”