Comets Investment Brings £500,000 for Welsh Sport

More than £500,000 has been awarded to grassroots clubs in Wales in 2018 after the latest grant to help get women and girls playing ice hockey.

Cardiff Comets ladies ice hockey team has been given more than £7,000 for kit and equipment to help remove financial barriers that might stop females from playing the sport.

Cardiff Comets Group 1

The grant for the Comets means that more than half a million pounds has been given to clubs across the country through two Sport Wales grant schemes, with money from the National Lottery.

Other recent awards include:

  • £15,000 for the training pitch at Porth Harlequins RFC
  • £550 for Clwb Criced Crymych.
  • £1,500 for Wrexham Swimming Club.

The investment in Cardiff Comets will go towards shared player equipment and coaches so that more females can take part. There are plans for a schools' outreach programme and to create an infrastructure which will enable a women's national ice hockey team - something that hasn't been seen in Wales for over 15 years.

Sam Zala (pictured with Sport Wales Chair Lawrence Conway) of Cardiff Comets said:

Cardiff Comets Lawrence and Sam

"The grant is huge for us and a big boost for women's ice hockey in Wales. It means that more women and girls can take part and we'll have equipment that will be shared so that it's not too expensive for players to get on the ice."

The two annual grant schemes available to clubs in Wales are Community Chest, which offers start-up help of up to £1,500, while Development Grants for more established sport and activity offers up to £25,000 of financial support.

The grants can be used to cover costs of a range of activity. For example, Wales is the only country in the UK that offers full financial support to volunteers looking to make the first step on the sports coaching ladder.

Lawrence Conway has been announced as the new full-time chair of Sport Wales. He said:

"Community sport clubs are at the very core of growing participation and I've seen first-hand the work that happens in unison with governing bodies, local authorities and other partners in Wales.

"Whether it's for health reasons, making friends or purely for the love of sport, this is about people and the impact it makes on their lives.

"There are a whole range of ideas that can be supported. In the case of community chest, a local panel makes decisions on funding, so it amplifies how this is about communities.

"We're so grateful to the National Lottery because their investment in Welsh sport is benefitting people across the country. But some people are still unaware of this support being available and that's why it's so important we do our very best to raise awareness of it."

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