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.