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Competing in their first ever World Cup from 13-29 January, the progress of Wales’ men’s hockey team from the third tier of European hockey to the very top has been quite the sporting fairy tale. 

With all eyes on India this month, Wales’ men continue to give their all in their group matches against world top ten teams England, Spain and the host nation.

And at home, hockey clubs across Wales are making their own dreams come true, thanks to Sport Wales funding.

The Be Active Wales Fund was created in 2020 and since then a whopping £76,642 of National Lottery funding has been awarded to 43 hockey clubs across the nation.

So, while we cheer on Wales’ men, let’s also take a look at three ways Sport Wales funding can give your hockey club a helping hand.

Children playing hockey on a 3g pitch

Funding for venue hire

We all need places to play, right? And we know that the cost to hire a venue can really add up. That’s why we make sure that clubs who are just starting out can apply to the Be Active Wales Fund to help cover the cost of venue bookings for ten weeks.

And that’s exactly what Hockey Chirk did when it was first setting up as a club and building up its sessions for juniors, people with disabilities and older people too. 

So if you are a new club or you are setting up a new team, what are you waiting for? Apply today!

Funding for equipment

We understand that kit can be expensive which is why we’ve made it our mission to help clubs and groups right across Wales. Whether it’s cones, hockey sticks or goals, the Be Active Wales Fund is on hand to help pay for equipment. 

Northop Hall Hockey Club was given £3,703 to buy protective gear, training equipment and even a storage container to house it in. The grant has helped the club encourage more people to up sticks and get on the pitch by making the sport more affordable. And what’s more, hockey at Northop Hall is delivered in Welsh and English. Da iawn pawb!

We also love to help you fund equipment so that clubs can offer inclusive sessions. Hockey Chirk also applied to buy lighter hockey sticks and balls to run walking hockey sessions – and of course we said yes!

Funding for coaching courses 

Coaches, officials and first aiders are the lifeblood of any hockey club – and training courses and coach development is super important. Train extra people and you can run extra sessions, extra teams and extra matches. 

That’s why the Be Active Wales Fund welcomes applications for coach development, umpiring courses and first-aid training. It helps clubs to grow and attract new participants.

Llanfair Ladies Hockey Club was awarded funding to upskill its volunteers. Receiving a grant of £3,103, they also bought equipment and first aid kits.

And just remember, you can apply for venue hire, equipment and coach development all in the same application.

Did you know? 

Clubs and groups across Wales can also secure match-funding from Sport Wales for off-field facility improvements such as changing rooms or disability access, or even speciality equipment such as Veo Cameras. Find out more about Crowdfunder.

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