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Llewod Llambed Netball Club – or the Lampeter Lionesess – are a club going above and beyond to engage the different people in their community.

That is why they have been awarded £1,807 in National Lottery funding from the Be Active Wales Fund. They received money for equipment, coaching courses and venue hire for a new age group to enable them to continue the amazing work they do.

Here’s six ways they are making a difference and why we supported their application.

Welsh-speaking coaches and bilingual sessions

With more than 75% of their members being Welsh speakers with another 10% learning, Llewod Llambed offer netball – or pêl-rwyd - in both Welsh and English. 

To ensure Welsh speakers in the area can access netball in their first language, the club aim to grow the number of Welsh speaking coaches and umpires through training courses supported by the Be Active Wales Fund. Da iawn, Llewod!

Use Cymraeg at your club, too.

Engaging refugees

The Lionesses want to welcome refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, and Ukraine into the community by encouraging them to join in with netball at their club.

Liaising with the Refugee Resettlement Officer at Ceredigion Council, they hope to provide a safe environment for resettled women and children to make new friends and feel at home in Lampeter while also enjoying the benefits of netball. 

Club coach, Alex Fox said: “Sport is a powerful tool in integrating people into the community and overcoming all sorts of barriers, so we felt that was really important.” 

And we agree!

Taster sessions for primary school pupils

With only two teams – junior and senior, Llewod Llambed received National Lottery funding from the Be Active Wales Fund to establish an under 11’s team and provide a place for primary school girls to play netball in Lampeter.

The club are offering ‘Turn Up and Play’ sessions for primary school pupils in the hope that more local girls will become hooked on netball, growing from cubs to Lionesses and playing into their 50’s and beyond, just like several of the current players.

You can’t let adults have all the fun now, can you?

A girl lines up a shot at goal in netball

Being a support network

Not only do the women and girls of Lampeter work up a sweat on-court, but they also make the most of the opportunity to catch up with their friends off-court (and have a bit of a gossip too, of course!)

Ella Hewitt-Fisher became a Lioness in 2018 when her mother passed away. In her words, “the club welcomes everyone”, and having that welcoming community to talk to helped during a tough time. 

Being a part of a team and playing netball can boost your mental health - Ella and Llewod Llambed are a fine example of exactly that!

Making netball accessible in a rural area

The women and girls of Lampeter and nearby villages would have to travel to places such as Aberystwyth, Carmarthen, or Cardigan to play netball if it wasn’t for Llewod Llambed.

Living in a rural area means that transport could be a barrier to accessing sport for some. So, having the Lionesses in Lampeter puts netball on the doorstep of many girls who would otherwise miss out if they had to travel outside of the area.

Providing opportunities for women and girls

Traditionally a female dominated sport, Llewod Llambed provide opportunities for women and girls to have a safe space and friendly environment to participate in sport. As Lionesses, they pride themselves on being a happy place for women of all abilities, background and fitness levels to play netball.

Being a friendly club at the heart of the community, they open their doors for everyone to have a go at netball, including at any of their social events and tournaments.

Thanks to players of the National Lottery, more than £30 million a week goes to good causes across the UK through initiatives such as Sport Wales’ Be Active Wales Fund. Find out more about how the Be Active Wales Fund could be used to help develop more sporting opportunities for all members of your local community.

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