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The Winter Olympics have begun in Beijing and the nation is already glued to the thrills, spills, daring and skills of Team GB.

But closer to home, here in Wales, our Be Active Wales Fund is supporting clubs that specialise in winter sports all year long.

The Be Active Wales Fund was created in 2020, designed to protect and progress community sport clubs and organisations through the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

To make sure they didn’t go off piste after Covid-19, seven snowsport clubs applied to the Be Active Wales Fund…

Beating the clock

Feeling the wind in your hair as you slalom downhill? There’s nothing better. Well, actually there is…reaching the bottom and finding out you’ve achieved a personal best.

And that’s exactly what members of Cardiff Ski Club are celebrating after they received £3571 from the Be Active Wales Fund for timing equipment.

Ice skating on dry land

When Ice Arena Wales was forced to close its doors for almost 17 months due to Covid, Synchro Cardiff - an ice skating club - was more determined than ever to keep going.

In order to keep its skaters fit, flexible and in good spirits, the club rallied the troops and submitted an application to the Be Active Wales Fund.

Receiving a grant of £3210, the club was able to hire sports halls and run off-ice sessions of ballet and stretch, strength and conditioning, pilates and dance choreography.

Huskies howl for funding

Once the Cardiff Huskies were able to get back on the ice, they needed to do it safely. Many of the Para ice hockey players have underlying health issues and have shielded during the pandemic so safety has been crucial.

The Be Active Wales Fund invested £645 into face shields, sanitising equipment and marker cones.

Keeping safe

Ski4all Wales is all about creating life-changing experiences and opportunities for adults with physical, visual and neurological disabilities, as part of a rehabilitation programme.

Based at Pembrey Ski Centre in Carmarthenshire, the club was handed £1500 to buy wipes, masks, gloves, anti-bacterial gel and other cleaning equipment so that it could continue doing its amazing work! 


Training the trainers

After the pandemic, Torfaen Ski Club was left with fewer qualified instructors to teach beginners their first skills on the slopes and was forced to turn away customers.

Applying to the Be Active Wales Fund, it was successful in securing £1360 to invest in instructor development. The plan is to encourage existing members to become instructors and help run the club.

A group of men sitting on the ink rink talking while wearing Cardiff Huskies outfits.


From ice rink to rainbow hospital

Deeside Ice Skating Club was given 24 hours’ notice before its home at the local leisure centre was transformed into a Rainbow Hospital, to help with the demands of the Covid-19 crisis. At time of writing, the ice rink is still being used as a vaccination centre.

With a grant of £615, the Be Active Wales Fund made sure that the club could store its equipment safely. It has also covered the cost of insurance and affiliation to the National Governing Body so that the club could organise online pilates and stretch sessions.

Squeaky clean

Once lockdown restrictions eased, skiers and snowboarders at North Wales Snowsport Club were desperate to get back on the slope at Llandudno. The Be Active Wales Fund quickly stepped in with more than £900 for disinfecting spray, disposable face masks and wipes. 

The £4 million Be Active Wales Fund has been made possible through money Sport Wales receives from Welsh Government and the National Lottery.

Could your club benefit from funding? The Progress element of our Be Active Wales Fund is still open.

This grant is intended to help clubs and community organisations:

  • Tackle inequality
  • Create long-term solutions to be more sustainable
  • Take innovative approaches

The Progress grant can also fund items that are essential for a return to play. 

Grants of £300 - £50,000* are available. 

* You will need to make a contribution of 10% for grants over £10k or 20% over £25k.