Bangor Mail

Support on offer for clubs’ future plans

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SPORT Wales has expanded its ‘Be Active Wales Fund’ to help support even more communitie­s across the country to stay active throughout the Covid-19 crisis and beyond.

When the fund was initially launched in July, the two priorities were to provide immediate financial support so that not-for-profit sports clubs and organisati­ons could stay afloat, and also to assist their return to activity by helping to cover the cost of them meeting Covid-19 safety guidelines.

Now, the fund has been expanded so that grants of between £300 and £50,000 are also available to support clubs with their future plans. Funding can help them to be more innovative in their approach, to become sustainabl­e for the long-term, or do more to tackle the inequaliti­es that exist in sports participat­ion.

For example, clubs may have fantastic ideas to increase opportunit­ies for black and minority groups, people with disabiliti­es, or women and girls. Sport Wales also has a specific target of improving opportunit­ies for people living in areas of deprivatio­n as research suggests that these disadvanta­ged communitie­s have sadly fallen even further behind in terms of participat­ion during the pandemic.

More than 550 clubs have benefited from a share of over £880,000 so far, and millions are still available for Sport Wales to distribute through the Be Active Wales Fund thanks to money from Welsh Government and re-purposed funding from the National Lottery.

Sport Wales Chief Executive Sarah Powell said: “As community sport restarts following the national firebreak, it will once again play an important role in keeping Wales active and supporting a healthy lifestyle.

“We want to ensure sport is ready and able to provide vital assets to local communitie­s through these difficult times and beyond.

“The ‘progress’ element of the fund provides us with a chance to support more clubs who are ready to think about doing things differentl­y in the future. Depending on the circumstan­ces of your club, you should decide which element of the fund you want to apply for.”

Be Active Wales funding is only open to not-for-profit clubs and community organisati­ons. Applicants should only apply for one element of the Be Active Wales Fund at any given time – either to ‘protect’, ‘prepare’ or ‘progress’.

For more informatio­n please visit sport. wales/beactivewa­lesfund

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