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Sport Wales has announced that £3.1m in new capital funding will benefit a number of exciting projects in communities across Wales.

A total of 30 projects have received funding to enable more opportunities for people to enjoy sports including BMX, boxing, netball and fencing. Investing in areas which need it most, it is part of the Welsh Government's Programme for Government.

As well as providing more sporting opportunities, the funding will also help safeguard the long-term future of leisure facilities by making them more energy efficient and sustainable. 

Aberystwyth’s Plascrug Leisure Centre set for improvements

Thousands of people are set to get more active in Aberystwyth now that a £470,261 grant has been agreed to refurbish Plascrug Leisure Centre in Aberystwyth. Ceredigion County Council says that the new facility is expected to deliver more than 70,000 participations a year.

A disused area will be brought back to life as an all-weather, floodlit facility with a new Gen2 surface suitable for 5-a-side hockey, 5-a-side football and netball. The revamp will provide opportunities for schools and the local community.

Welsh Boxing working with socially deprived communities

Welsh Boxing is gearing up to encourage the next generation into the sport and is targeting young people from deprived communities. With a grant of £40,000, it can now invest in eight new boxing rings, four of which will be pop-up rings to be used at events and in communities right across Wales. 

Currently, Welsh Boxing is forced to hire rings for regional events and activities including community boxing shows. Welsh Boxing says that the new equipment will help increase participation across Wales, develop club boxers from all corners of Wales and will also improve coach education.

Introducing young people in Wales to Target Shooting 

The Welsh Target Shooting Federation is set to introduce young people across Wales to its sport thanks to a grant of £37,399. The funding will be invested into upgrading its mobile shooting range that is used to deliver taster sessions across Wales.

The grant from Sport Wales and Welsh Government will help people of all ages to try out the sport and learn new skills in a fun and controlled environment. 

The Welsh Target Shooting Federation says the grant will help it achieve its aim of introducing 2500 youngsters to the sport during 2023 and 2024.

Helping Blaenau Gwent be more sustainable 

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council has been awarded £261,558 to make its leisure facilities more energy efficient and cost effective. 

The grant will help safeguard the future of both Tredegar and Abertillery Sports Centres thanks to the installation of solar panels. Not only will the new solar panels reduce the centres’ carbon footprint, they’ll also save the local authority £51,000 a year. Over 20 years, those savings will add up to a massive £1.6 million! 

With energy bills at an all-time high and climbing higher, the grant will help the leisure centres continue to encourage people stay active and learn the lifesaving skill of swimming.

Aerial photograph of Tredegar Sports Centre and Surrounding Area
Tredegar Sports Centre


New practice facility at Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club

A new practice facility is to be developed at Pyle & Kenfig Golf Club, thanks to an 85,000-capital grant to help nurture talented golfers and to get more people on the greens.

In a partnership between Wales Golf and the club, the new facility will offer a high performance training venue for the nation’s talented golfers. It will also deliver community benefits, offering inclusive and beginner opportunities for golfers of all ages and abilities. 

The facility will be designed so that it can cater for groups such as Bridgend Stroke Association and Tomms Care Autism Centre.

Helping lower energy bills at Wrexham Leisure Centre

New solar panels are to be installed at Gwyn Evans Leisure Centre in Wrexham which will ultimately help local people get active.  £230,817 has been awarded to Freedom Leisure & Wrexham Borough Council to help make the facility more sustainable and more cost effective.

The grant will reduce the leisure centre’s energy bills so that it can continue to be affordable for people in the local area - helping them to get active and having a positive impact on their health and wellbeing.

Empty Swimming Pool at Gwyn Evans Leisure Centre Wrexham
Swimming Pool at Gwyn Evans Leisure Centre Wrexham


New energy efficient lighting at Ystrad Mynach

Funding from Sport Wales and Welsh Government will help light the way for those wanting to get active at the Centre for Sporting Excellence in Ystrad Mynach. £97,500 will be ploughed into state-of-the-art, energy efficient lighting at its football and rugby pitches.

The funding will make sure the pitches are modern, fit for purpose and energy efficient so that it can better serve local communities including Bedwas, Trethomas and Machen.

Supporting Wheelchair Fencing in Wales 

Want to become a wheelchair fencer? A grant of £18,000 will be invested into highly specialised wheelchair fencing equipment so that the sport is inclusive and available to all in Wales.

The grant is set to transform opportunities for wheelchair fencing as the equipment is often too expensive for individuals or clubs to purchase.

Welsh Fencing says the grant will help it attract new people into the sport and it is now gearing up to train up coaches and deliver community sessions.

Helping those who need it most in Bridgend

New netball courts and floodlighting are on their way to Bridgend and will support young people with additional needs. 

A grant of £99,436 has been agreed subject to planning permission to benefit young people at Ysgol Bryn Castell and The Bridge Alternative Provision which is pupil referral unit. It provides specialist provision for primary and secondary school pupils who have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.

A hugely important project, the funding will ensure pupils have access to physical activity in a space that’s been designed by the school council. The facility will also support community women and girls’ programmes including the Bridgend Junior Netball League in which 384 girls compete.

Amlwch Leisure Centre to be transformed

Amlwch Leisure Centre will be revamped so that local people can continue to enjoy a range of sports. A £90,000 grant from Sport Wales and Welsh Government will replace the flooring in the main hall of the 1970s facility.

Ynys Mon County Council says that this project will help modernise the venue which is already well supported by the local community.

Used by local schools in the day and by the local community during evenings and weekends, playing sport and keeping fit will soon be even more appealing in Amlwch.


Improvements at Urdd’s ski slope in Llangrannog

Urdd Gobaith Cymru has been handed £75,000 to undertake major work on its ski slope at Llangrannog which is enjoyed by 25,000 young people across Wales every year. 

The ski centre in Ceredigion will now be refurbished with new matting, new ski paths and better fencing to ensure that thousands of young people can continue to try out winter sports.


A new pump track in Llandeilo 

A brand new and inclusive pump track is on its way to Llandeilo following the news that Sport Wales and Welsh Government is awarding Carmarthenshire Council and Llandeilo Town Council a grant of £37,000.

It will be built at the town’s Parc Le Conquet and is expected to increase the number of people jumping on their bikes and honing their skills. The track will be designed to be inclusive and adapted bikes and trikes for people with disabilities will be available. E-bike charging will also be on hand.

Digital monitoring will assess footfall while digital screens will promote local visitor attractions. The councils are confident there is plenty of demand after they installed a mobile pump track in 2021 to coincide with Llandeilo hosting stage three of the Tour of Britain.

Currently, keen BMXers must travel to Pembrey or Carmarthen to get their thrills and spills.


In addition to this announcement of capital grants, Sport Wales  - in partnership with Welsh Government – provides investment to sports projects through its National Lottery funded Be Active Wales Fund and A Place for Sport Fund, which match-funds Crowdfunding. Both grant programmes are still open to applications.