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!
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?