New stand-up paddle boards, skipping ropes, scooters and fencing foils are among the equipment that’s boosted sport and physical activity projects across Swansea over the last year.
Now £129,000 is again available for sports clubs, youth clubs and community groups throughout Swansea to apply for over the next year to cover anything from new equipment and staff development to improvement courses for coaches.
The Community Chest funding provided by Sport Wales is locally administered by Swansea Council. Grants of up to £1,500 are available to help improve participation and standards.
Some of the organisations to have benefitted last year included Tennis Swansea 365, Gower Dragons Touch Rugby, Action Bike Ladies, Surfability UK, Celtic Mini Fencing, Swansea Gymnastics Centre, Port Tennant Colts and the Samurai Judo Club.
Other equipment bought with the funding included football goals, netball posts, cycling helmets, safety pads and sets for rounders.
Ian Beynon, Development and Outreach Manager at Swansea Council, said:
“We’re delighted to have received £129,000 worth of Community Chest funding for the coming year.
“As a council, we do all we can to encourage people of all ages and abilities across the city to lead active lifestyles, both through investment in our sports facilities and by supporting the fantastic variety of clubs and organisations in Swansea’s communities.
“A huge amount of sports clubs, youth clubs and community groups benefitted from this funding last year, so we’d invite organisations interested in developing new opportunities over the coming 12 months to get in touch, as Community Chest can provide much-needed financial assistance.
“We hope this kind of investment in our local clubs will encourage more people than ever to make sport and exercise a key part of their lives, helping boost their health and wellbeing.”
Other organisations to have received funding last year included the Cwmbwrla Brownies, Swansea Synchro, the Community Urban Skills project and Gower Riders.
Swansea Council has also received an additional £594,000 from Sport Wales to help deliver its local sport and active recreation delivery plan over the next year. This money will be spent on free swimming initiatives for under 16s and over 60s, as well as on schemes including Active Young People and Dragon Sport.
Contact Nia Parry at the council on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01792 635452 for more information.