By hiring out their hall, so far, to three local football clubs, five cricket clubs, and hosting boxercise classes three times a week, Ynystawe Cricket Club already has a sustainable plan in place to generate the funds they’ll need to replace the flooring again in 20 years’ time. It is the club’s aim to continue promoting the facility to local community groups, targeting families and older adults.
Visiting the facility to officially open it, Lord Elis-Thomas, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “Having access to high quality sports facilities is a must if we want to make Wales a more active nation, so it’s wonderful to see how much of a positive difference the new facilities are having at Ynystawe Cricket Club. This is exactly what we envisioned when we launched the Place for Sport fund last year.”
In 2019, Welsh Government allocated a £5m ‘Place for Sport’ fund to Sport Wales to award grants that could improve, protect or create new sports facilities in Wales. As well as the upgrades at Ynystawe Cricket Club, the money helped to fund more than 150 projects that benefited 28 different sports. Projects ranged from new cycle tracks to changing room renovations, new artificial pitches, floodlight installations, table tennis training robots and everything in between.