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Cash boost for ‘sport for everyone’

A CASH injection into Welsh sport across all age groups will “positively boost the Vision to support a lifelong enjoyment of sport for everyone in Wales” according to Sport Wales’ acting CEO Brian Davies. 

Children through to over 60s in Wales will benefit from today’s funding announcement (Thursday 6 February) for the health of the nation, as part of the Healthy Weight, Healthy Wales plans. 

The Welsh Government has committed £4.5 million over the next two years across three sport projects, in a bid to promote healthier and more active lifestyles.


The funding projects will be co-ordinated by Sport Wales and are: 

  • The 60 Plus Active Leisure Scheme to encourage more people aged 60 and over in Wales to access local leisure offers, with a free initial period, followed by a subsidised offer to help them develop new healthy habits
  • Children and families will be a target for National Governing Bodies in Wales to pilot collaborative sports projects that help broaden opportunities to get more active, more often. The projects will be kickstarted with £200k.
  • £3million of Welsh Government funding will continue the successful work carried out as part of the Place for Sport fund that has already seen £5 million invested into sporting facilities, including 118 Welsh clubs and organisations last year. This money has already allowed exciting projects to get off the ground, such as ‘Overhang’ in Carmarthenshire where work has begun to turn an old church into an indoor climbing centre, in the same year that climbing makes its Olympic debut.

Brian Davies, Acting CEO for Sport Wales, said: “Sport has a really important role to play in achieving the long-term vision outlined in the Healthy Weight, Healthy Wales strategy of people in Wales living longer, better and happier lives. We’re really pleased to have the opportunity to work with a wide range of partners over the next two years to encourage people of all ages to become more physically active.” 

“Today’s announcements are just the first step for projects that will create exciting collaborations and innovation to help everyone in Wales get more active.”

“The Vision for Sport set out the importance of encouraging a lifelong enjoyment of sport, and we will now begin to work with partners on the details to enable these funds to help people in villages, towns and cities across the nation reap the health and wellbeing benefits of sport.” 

Further details about each of the funds will be announced over the coming weeks. For more information, contact [javascript protected email address]