£8,000 boost for lo­cal sport thanks to grants

Glamorgan Gazette - - News - STAFF RE­PORTER news­desk@waleson­line.co.uk

MORE than £8,000 has been in­vested into grass­roots sport in Brid­gend county bor­ough thanks to the lat­est round of Com­mu­nity Chest grants.

A Sport Wales-funded ini­tia­tive that is run lo­cally by Brid­gend County Bor­ough Coun­cil and agreed by a panel of vol­un­teers, Com­mu­nity Chest of­fers grants of up to £1,500 so that sports clubs, or­gan­i­sa­tions and groups can help more peo­ple to get more ac­tive, more of­ten.

Among those boosted by the lat­est round of grants are the Cor­nelly Strid­ers run­ning group. As the club is grow­ing fast, they’ve been awarded £960 to spend on train­ing the ex­tra lead­ers they need to take their ses­sions.

The Pen­coed Triathlon Club will also be train­ing a new coach thanks to the £540 grant they re­ceived, while the Aberken­fig Boys and Girls Club will be set- ting up a new un­der-sevens foot­ball team.

They were awarded £1,225 which they will be us­ing to fund coach ed­u­ca­tion, first aid and safe­guard­ing courses as well as the equip­ment re­quired to set up a new team.

Five other lo­cal clubs – Rest Bay Life­guards, Tondu Field Tar­get Shoot­ing, Ver­tigo Tram­pline Club, All Star Gym­nas­tics Club and the Im­pe­tus Dance Com­mu­nity In­ter­est Group – were also suc- cess­ful with their ap­pli­ca­tions for fund­ing.

Coun­cil­lor Dhan­isha Pa­tel, Brid­gend coun­cil’s cabi­net mem­ber for well­be­ing and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions, said: “Since the mil­len­nium, the Com­mu­nity Chest scheme has ploughed well over a mil­lion pounds into grass­roots sport in Brid­gend county bor­ough, help­ing to pro­vide the equip­ment needed to set up new clubs and train up the vol­un­teers who are the foun­da­tion of com­mu­nity sport. Be­hind ev­ery suc­cess­ful sports club are a ded­i­cated bunch of vol­un­teers and coaches who give up their time for oth­ers be­cause of their love of sport. I’m thrilled that the Com­mu­nity Chest scheme is once again fund­ing more of these in­di­vid­u­als to re­ceive the train­ing they need to pro­vide high-qual­ity op­por­tu­ni­ties for oth­ers to en­joy get­ting ac­tive.”

For more de­tails about the scheme, visit sport­wales/com­mu­ni­ty­chest

Among those boosted by the lat­est round of grants are the Cor­nelly Strid­ers run­ning group

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