Sport Wales has announced nearly a million pounds of funding that will be used to improve energy efficiency and sustainability at community sports clubs across Wales.
Funding from the grant will enable 58 projects from 46 different towns and cities in Wales to not only benefit from reduced utility bills so that they can become more financially sustainable, but also do their bit for the environment.
What will the funding be used for?
Each club or project will be using their grant to make environmentally friendly upgrades to their premises. The projects are in various stages of completion, and of the 58 clubs:
- 23 clubs plan to install LED lighting
- 30 clubs plan to install solar panels
- 16 clubs plan to install or upgrade their heating
- 6 clubs plan to install or upgrade their building’s insulation
What sports will benefit from the funding?
Any sports club with their own building, or a lease of more than ten years, were able to apply for funding from the Energy Saving Grant, which means that a wide variety of sports will benefit from the funding, including:
Read the list of funded projects below.
Phoenix Dance & Gymnastics
The club was awarded £25,000 to install solar panels on their building, which will reduce their daily running costs.
Aberdovey Golf Club
The club was awarded £5892 to enable them to purchase and replace all lights with LED lighting.
Abergavenny Cricket Club
£21,214 was awarded for the installation of solar panels together with battery storage, upgrades to their roof insulation, LED lighting and a new cellar cooling system.
Cymdeithas Maes Chwarae Rhydypennau
The club was awarded £25,000 to install a new heating and hot water system in their clubhouse.
Aberystwyth Golf Club
The club was awarded £17,916 to install solar panels on their clubhouse which will reduce energy costs.
£15,264 was awarded to install new energy efficient LED lighting at Nantporth Stadium.
With a grant of £24,800, LED lighting, a new heating system, aerator taps, and duo flush toilets will be installed at this leisure centre.
Blaenavon Bowls Club
The club was awarded £4,752 to install LED lighting.
Ogmore Valley Dragons Boxing club
The club was awarded £20,480 to install solar panels on the outside of their building to help reduce energy costs, and a new heating system for the main gym.
Llanbradach Football Club
The club was awarded £5,353 to install 12 solar panels.
Cardiff Squash Club
A grant of £17,596 will be usedto install solar panels on the roof of the club together with battery storage.
Llanrumnrey Pheonix Boxing Club
The club was awarded £13,176 to install solar panels.
St Fagans Bowls Club
£5,184 was awarded to install heating and a hot water source in the clubhouse.
Carmarthen Golf Club
The club was awarded £22,720 to place solar panels on the clubhouse roof.
Conwy Borough Football Club
The club will use a grant of £25,000 to replace their old heating system with new, modern, energy-efficient alternatives.
Cowbridge and District Athletics Club
The tennis club at Cowbridge and District AC will use their grant of £2,261 to install a contactless INTEC reader system that allows club members to pay for the court floodlights by debit or credit card to prevent floodlights being used unnecessarily or left on when not needed.
Carmarthenshire School of Gymnastics
An award of £25,000 will be used to install solar panels to make energy affordable for the club.
Pontnewydd Golf Club
£19,826 from the Energy Saving Grant will be used to install solar panels on the clubhouse.
Hawarden Golf Club
£22,996 will be used to install a new system to capture and recycle rainwater so that it can be used to wash down various machinery used at the golf club.
Ebbw Vale RFC
The club was awarded £22,000 for installation of LED lighting, including in the public spectator seating areas.
Hay on Wye
Hay St Mary's FC
£22,356 of funding will go towards the sustainable construction of a single-storey, timber-framed clubhouse at Hay St Mary's FC, including insulation and energy efficient heating.
Llandrindod Wells FC
A grant of £24,000 will go towards the installation of external cladding and a new front door which will enable the club to reduce their high energy rates.
Llandudno Golf Club (Maesdu) Ltd
£23,880 of funding was awarded to create a bore hole, capable of harvesting up to 20,000 litres per day.
Llangennech Rugby Football Club
Awarded £8,352 to install solar panels on their clubhouse.
Machynlleth Bowling Club
£2,509 was awarded to install modern heating and LED lighting with motion sensors in the building.
Stephens and George Charitable Trust
The trust was awarded £16,800, which will be used at Dowlais Community Centre for solar panels and LED lights.
Cefn Coed Rugby Football Club
The club was awarded £5,200 to install LED lights.
Neyland Yacht Club
£2,172 will be used to install energy efficient electric showers, and LED lighting in the club.
Monmouth Rowing Club
£2,634 of funding will be used to install new LED lighting and motion sensors at the club’s boat house.
Monmouth Sports Association
A grant of £19,071 will be used to install solar panels at Monmouth Sports Ground.
Narberth Rugby Football Club
Awarded £25,000 to install new energy efficient heating and hot water sources in the clubhouse.
Narberth & District Community Sports
Awarded £19,622 for upgrades to Bloomfield House, including LED lighting, a boiler upgrade and solar panels.
Seven Sisters Rugby Football Club
The club was awarded £17,940 to install a new heating boiler and system, LED lighting and insulation for the premises.
Newport Squash Rackets Club
£17,822 will be used to install new energy efficient LED lighting for the club’s four squash courts.
Stow Park Lawn Tennis Club
£25,000 of funding will go toward energy efficient windows and doors, LED lighting and a new heating system.
£25,000 was awarded to the academy to install loft and wall insulation, alongside solar panels.
Pembroke & Pembroke Dock ABC
£21,194 of funding will go toward the installation of solar panels at the club.
Old Penarthians RFC
A grant of £22,176 will be used to install solar panels on the clubhouse roof.
Pontblyddyn Cricket Club
£15,890 will go towards the installation of solar panels with batteries to store excess generated electricity.
Port Talbot Town Cricket Club
The club was awarded £15,836 to go toward solar panels, an upgraded heating system and LED lighting.
CPD Pwllheli Football Club
With a grant of £19,999, the club will install solar panels and new hot water and heating sources.
Rhyl Rugby Club
The club was awarded £20,473 to install solar panels at the clubhouse.
St Asaph Cricket Club
As the club already has solar panels, a grant of £7,323 will be used to purchase battery storage facilities which will enable them to save up their solar energy and also sell the excess back to the grid.
Tennis Swansea 365
An award of £25,000 will be used to install LED lights with motion sensors throughout the building.
Bryn Road Group of Bowling Clubs
£4,520 of funding will be used to replace existing doors and install LED lights with motion sensors.
Ynystawe Cricket Club
£25,000 of funding was awarded to go towards the installation of solar panels at the club.
Thomastown Bowls Club
An award of £3,010 will fund upgrades to LED lighting with motion sensors and double glazing for the club’s windows.
£4,700 of funding will go towards installing LED lights with motion sensors and replacing existing water heaters with eco heaters.
Bedwellty Park Bowls Club
£9,918 of funding will go towards solar panels to help reduce the club’s carbon footprint and cut their energy bills.
Whitehall Golf Club
An award of £1600 will be used to upgrade the club’s lighting to LEDs.
Rhondda Tennis Club
£22,569 of funding will be used to install solar panels at the club.
£2,800 of funding will go toward the replacement of all clubhouse lights to LEDs.
Welshpool Golf Club
The club was awarded £16,000, which will go toward the installation of solar panels near the club house, and heating improvements.
Whitland Cricket Club
Awarded £23,360 to install solar panels with a battery system for heating, and a borehole.
Llay Miners Welfare Institute
The building is a home for football, cricket and bowls clubs, and £25,000 of funding will go toward the installation of solar panels and a new heating system.
Garden Village Bowling Club
£624 of funding will be used to improve the hot water system and provide hot water to the men’s toilets at the club.
Port Dinorwic Sailing Club
The club was awarded £21,003 to install energy efficient lighting and solar panels.
Ystradgynlais Community Centre Group
The community centre will use a grant of £24,000 to install solar panels.