A £5m investment into facilities has helped Wales become a better place for sport.
The ‘Place for Sport’ fund, allocated by Welsh Government to Sport Wales in 2019, has been used to help modernise, protect or create new facilities in all corners of the country.
While £4m was used for major projects such as the installation of more artificial pitches, £1m was made available in an open fund that community clubs and organisations could apply for. The money was shared between 118 projects across 28 different sports.
From a new athletics track in Bridgend, to resurfaced tennis courts in Rhyl, and a new bowls pavilion in Hay on Wye, here are some of the new projects that received Place for Sport funding in 2019…
Place for Sport 2019 funded projects
Prayers to expand climbing – which makes its Olympic debut in Tokyo – have been answered in Carmarthen where an old church is being turned into an indoor climbing centre.
The church, which is within walking distance of the town centre, is perfect for climbing as it can contain walls up to 14m high as well as plenty of space for bouldering. The facility has also been adapted so that it is disability friendly.
Hay on Wye Bowling Club
This Place for Sport grant has helped the club build a new pavilion which will become a bustling hub in a rural community where all generations can come together to be active and sociable. As well as making the sport of bowls more appealing, and hopefully rejuvenating the club’s junior section, the new pavilion will also host various fitness classes, bingo/games evenings, and MIND sessions to make a positive impact on social and mental health wellbeing.
Pembrokeshire County Council
Place for Sport funding was awarded to the council so that two new cycle tracks could be created through the woodland at the Scolton Manor Country Park near Haverfordwest. One is a short family-friendly route, and the second is a BMX-style ‘pump’ track for riders of all ages that features several ramps and bends.
Rhyl Tennis Club
Eight mini tennis courts that were previously unplayable have been brought up to the same high standard as the adjacent full-size courts that adults play on at the club.
With six primary schools just over an Andy Murray lob away from the club, there’s massive potential for dozens of children to take up the sport on the courts which are ideally sized for under 10s.
Aberavon Lifeguard Club
Area: Neath Port Talbot
The purchase of rescue boards and floating water-proof hand-held VHF radios will let club members provide high-quality safety cover at open water swimming and open water triathlon events which are growing in popularity along Wales’ coastline.
Llandough Community Council
Area: Vale of Glamorgan
Place for Sport funding has been used to create a multi-games area (MUGA) within the King George V Memorial Playing Fields where football, basketball, netball and hockey can all be played. The community council also secured a £44,600 grant towards the project from the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s ‘Strong Communities’ fund.
Bridgend Athletics Club
Area: Bridgend County Borough
The award of £50,000 Place for Sport funding from Sport Wales, together with contributions from the club itself, Bridgend County Borough Council and Bridgend Town Council, has enabled the 300m athletics track at Newbridge Fields to be replaced.
With plans underway for a new wellness centre to be built opposite, the track also offers huge referral potential for patients to access the track to improve their health and wellbeing. The new track even features the innovative inclusion of smart technology sensors which allow runners to monitor their movement. The £50,000 award was the largest Place for Sport grant agreed by Sport Wales in 2019.
West Street Gymnastics Club, Gorseinon
Having been at the heart of the community for 40 years, the club’s facility in Gorseinon needed significant repairs. Thanks to Place for Sport funding, the leaky roof, window frames and outdated toilets have been upgraded to create a modern centre which can be enjoyed by the club’s members who are aged from three to 26, as well as local schools.
Hawthorn High School, Pontypridd
Area: Rhondda Cynon Taf
New adjustable baskets have been bought which are suitable for all ages, supporting the school’s ambition of expanding basketball opportunities among its pupils. The school is aiming to enter a team in the South Wales schools league, and the improved facilities are also to the benefit of the Pontypridd Panthers Club and Basketball Wales who both use the school hall.
Glan Morfa Cycling Association (Marsh Track), Rhyl
Riders at the Marsh Track can look forward a brighter future thanks to funding which has helped the club upgrade their dim floodlights to modern LED lighting. A better lit and safer environment will help to dramatically increase evening usage of the track.
This funding has supported the refurbishment and re-opening of the YMCA centre in Pillgwennly. The centre has been kitted out with modern equipment so that it can offer a community gym and exercise class programme, providing a much-welcomed health, fitness and wellbeing boost for one of the most deprived communities in Wales.
Keri Mckibbin Personal Training Gym, Burry Port
The one-stop training gym in Burry Port has transformed its outdoor space into a new football/netball/basketball court, complete with the necessary posts, line painting, floodlighting and a professional surface. An outdoor rig has also been created for suspension trainers, monkey bars, rope climb and weight attachments.
Brickfield Rangers Football Club, Wrexham
The purchase of new portable floodlights has enabled the club to create a new floodlit training area which will be a massive boost for its junior, senior, girls, walking, vets and disability teams.
Margam Park Adventure
Area: Neath Port Talbot
Six new trikes have been purchased which can be ridden by people with disabilities as well as anyone who feels less comfortable riding a two-wheel bike. A storage container has also been bought for the trikes, which complement the other inclusive activities which are offered in the country park such as canoeing and kayaking.
Welsh Cycling Union
Area: Newport and Conwy
Several accessible solo bikes and tandems, as well as a number of balance bikes, have been bought so that two para-cycling hubs can be established. One is based at the Eirias Park athletics track in Colwyn Bay, while the other one is in Newport where both the indoor velodrome and nearby athletics track will be used.
Rhondda Table Tennis Club
Area: Rhondda Cynon Taf
Funding has been used by the Tonypandy club to buy a new practice partner robot which feeds out balls with varying degrees of spin and speed to test players at all levels.
Brecon and District Amateur Swimming Club
Dilapidated starting blocks, which had been in the pool for 25 years, have been replaced with new ones which will be beneficial for getting children familiar with the starting blocks they’ll use in competitive swimming galas.
The new blocks have an adjustable back so that they can be moved into the correct position to support all swimmers, including those with disabilities. This is of particular importance to the club as they have one member with cerebral palsy.
Place for Sport – full list of awards
- Abertillery Bowls Club - Blaenau Gwent - £14,035.00
- AB Boxing and Fitness - CIC Blaenau Gwent - £12,000.00
- RTB Ebbw Vale Mini & Junior Football Club - Blaenau Gwent - £8,704.00
- RTB Ebbw Vale Bowls Club - Blaenau Gwent - £7,600.00
- Ebbw Vale Cricket Club - Blaenau Gwent - £6,432.00
- Six Bells Bowls Club Ltd - Blaenau Gwent - £4,000.00
- Bridgend Athletic Club - Bridgend - £50,000.00
- Nantyffyllon Rugby Football Club - Bridgend - £25,000.00
- Tondu Target Shooting Club - Bridgend - £10,000.00
- Pencoed Athletic Boys and Girls Club - Bridgend - £9,800.00
- Funk Force Dance Group - Bridgend - £4,467.00
- Kenfig Hill and Pyle Bowls Club - Bridgend - £4,000.00
- Rhymney Valley Athletics Club - Caerphilly - £11,222.00
- Islwyn Gymnastics Club - Caerphilly - £7,668.00
- Van Road Trails Group - Caerphilly - £6,816.00
- Snowsport Cymru Wales - Cardiff - £24,510.00
- Llandaff Rowing Club - Cardiff - £10,920.00
- Honto Judo - Cardiff - £7,183.00
- Grange Catholic Boxing Club - Cardiff - £6,600.00
- Caerau and Ely ABC - Cardiff - £6,396.00
- St Fagans Bowls Club - Cardiff - £4,000.00
- Llanedeyrn and Pentwyn Amateur Boxing Club - Cardiff - £2,400.00
- Overhang - Carmarthenshire - £35,082.00
- Evolution Health & Fitness Centre Ltd - Carmarthenshire - £25,000.00
- Keri Mckibbin Personal Training Gym - Carmarthenshire - £17,286.00
- Cardigan Squash Club - Ceredigion - £16,699.00
- Penrhiwpal Shooting Club - Ceredigion - £11,775.00
- Clwb Rhwyfo Crannog Rowing Club - Ceredigion - £6,000.00
- Llanddewi Brefi Community Council - Ceredigion - £4,000.00
- Tregaron Turfs Football Club - Ceredigion - £2,545.00
- Clwb Rygbi Nant Conwy - Conqy - £15,000.00
- Colwyn Bay Amateur Swimming Club - Conwy - £5,610.00
- Mochdre Sports Association - Conwy - £4,000.00
- Rhyl and District RFC Limited - Denbighshire - £25,000.00
- Rhyl Tennis Club - Denbighshire - £25,000.00
- Glan Morfa Cycling Association (Marsh Tracks) - Ltd Denbighshire - £6,511.00
- Dragon Riders Rhyl - Denbighshire - £4,176.00
- Mold Cricket Club - Flintshire - £5,000.00
- Copperfields Bowling Club - Flintshire - £4,000.00
- Greenfield FC Youth - Flintshire - £3,500.00
- Dolgellau Athletic Amateur Football Club - Gwynedd - £15,296.00
- Caernarfon Gymnastics Club - Gwynedd - £2,398.00
- Ysgol Bro Lleu - Gwynedd - £1,000.00
- Ynys Mon County Council - Isle of Anglesey - £40,000.00
- Thomastown Bowls Club - Merthyr Tydfil - £12,000.00
- Ynysowen Mini and Junior Rugby Football Club - Merthyr Tydfil - £5,000.00
- The Cornfield Project - Monmouthshire - £25,000.00
- Usk Athletic Club - Monmouthshire - £13,649.0
- Monmouthshire County Council - Monmouthshire - £8,000.00
- Chepstow Cricket Club - Monmouthshire - £1,760.00
- Neath Community Tennis Courts Limited - Neath Port Talbot - £36,988.00
- Aberavon Lifeguard Club - Neath Port Talbot - £8,138.00
- Margam Park Adventure - Neath Port Talbot - £5,154.00
- Neath Flyers Trampolining Club - Neath Port Talbot - £5,000.00
- Pontrhydyfen Welfare Bowls Club - Neath Port Talbot - £4,000.00
- Pontardawe Town AFC - Neath Port Talbot - £3,500.00
- Newport Live -Newport - £30,102.00
- Newport Harriers Athletic Club - Newport - £25,000.00
- GOL Centres Ltd - Newport - £22,360.00
- Caerleon AFC - Newport - £13,520.00
- Welsh Cycling Union - Newport - £12,310.00
- St. Josephs Boxing Club - Newport - £9,493.00
- Malpas Cricket Club Newport £5,000.00
- Riverside Rovers - Newport - £4,400.00
- Caerleon Bowling Club - Newport - £4,326.00
- City of Newport Gymnastic Academy Limited - Newport - £3,139.00
- The City of Newport Swimming & Water Polo Club - Newport - £2,080.00
- Pembrokeshire County Council - Pembrokeshire - £38,200.00
- Lamphey Tennis Club - Pembrokeshire - £16,851.00
- Narberth Rugby Football Club - Pembrokeshire - £10,240.00
- Pembrokeshire Weightlifting Federation Pembrokeshire £10,000.00
- Fishguard Sports AFC Pembrokeshire £9,178.00
- Fishguard & Goodwick Bowls Club Pembrokeshire £4,000.00
- Elements Gymnastics Academy Pembrokeshire £3,440.00
- Cleddau Reach Archers Pembrokeshire £3,218.00
- Hundleton Sports Association Pembrokeshire £2,279.00
- Johnston Football Club Pembrokeshire £2,200.00
- Tenby Sailing Club Pembrokeshire £1,684.00
- Porthmawr Surf Lifesaving Club Pembrokeshire £983.00
- Llangorse Sailing Club Powys £22,668.00
- Hay on Wye Bowling Club Powys £15,000.00
- Brecon Bowling Club Powys £6,263.00
- Montgomery Bowling Club Powys £4,000.00
- Brecon and District Amateur Swimming Club Powys £3,528.00
- RCT Performance Swim Squad Rhondda Cynon Taff £22,225.00
- Brynna Community Centre Management
- Committee Rhondda Cynon Taff £17,000.00
- Hawthorn High School Rhondda Cynon Taff £6,445.00
- Treforest Football Club Rhondda Cynon Taff £5,000.00
- Ely Valley Bowls Club Rhondda Cynon Taff £4,960.00
- Pontypridd Rugby Football Club Mini and Junior
- Section Rhondda Cynon Taff £3,242.00
- Rhondda Table Tennis Club Rhondda Cynon Taff £728.00
- Gelli Park Bowling Club Rhondda Cynon Taff £295.00
- West Street Gymnastics Club Swansea £17,600.00
- Ynystawe Cricket Club Swansea £17,582.00
- Gorseinon Cricket Club Swansea £17,238.00
- Brynawel Amateur Football Club Swansea £16,255.00
- Mumbles Lifeguard Club Swansea £15,097.00
- Premier Boxing Club Hafod - Swansea - £14,997.00
- Pontarddulais Town Football Club - Swansea - £14,292.00
- Dyfatty Bowls Club - Swansea - £4,000.00
- Kingsway Wellbeing Project - Swansea - £3,500.00
- Parc Y Werin 2000 - Swansea - £1,296.00
- Torfaen Dolphins Performance Centre - Torfaen - £15,733.00
- Sebastopol Juniors AFC - Torfaen - £15,000.00
- Torfaen County Borough Council - Torfaen - £8,000.00
- Panteg Park Bowls Club - Torfaen - £4,000.00
- Ysgol Gyfun Gwynllyw - Torfaen - £1,868.00
- Llandough Community Council - Vale of Glamorgan - £20,000.00
- YMCA Barry Gymnastics Club - Vale of Glamorgan - £9,162.00
- Challenge Wales - Vale of Glamorgan - £6,314.00
- Caerau Vale Trampoline Club - Vale of Glamorgan - £5,000.00
- Millwood Bowling Club - Vale of Glamorgan - £4,000.00
- Barry Romilly Bowling Club - Vale of Glamorgan - £4,000.00
- Penarth Belle Vue Bowling Club - Vale of Glamorgan - £4,000.00
- Motion Control Dance - Vale of Glamorgan - £2,106.00
- Olympus Gymnastics Club - Wrexham - £25,000.00
- Brickfield Rangers Football Club - Wrexham - £18,720.00
- Rhosddu United Youth Football Club - Wrexham - £1,262.00