Community Chest proves fruitful for Vale clubs yet again


05 December 2016


18 sports clubs and organisations from across the Vale of Glamorgan have recently benefitted from a share of Community Chest awards totalling £22,175 to help them develop existing, or create new, sporting opportunities in the Vale.


Barry Squash Club was one of the successful organisations chosen to receive funding; they will develop squash opportunities for women and girls in Barry. Engaging more girls in sports and physical activity is one of the priority areas for the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Sports & Play Development Team, who hope to link this new squash opportunity to their ‘Girls on the Move’ programme, which has recently seen Glowminton successfully increase female participation in sport. 


372 (Barry) Squadron Air Training Corps are also hoping to attract more females to take part in activity. They were awarded funding to increase the number of cadets accessing hockey, with a focus on increasing female participation. 


Another priority area in the Vale is the development of opportunities for disabled people. The Intersensory Club run cycling sessions twice a week for disabled people, both of which take place at Jenner Park Stadium, Barry. They have adapted bicycles that can be used by members of the public, and have received funding to purchase additional bicycles that will facilitate the inclusion of people with autism into cycling activity. 


Coaching and umpiring education is also a priority for the Community Chest panel, which has awarded funding to a number of clubs in order to enable them to send their volunteers on training courses, including: first aid, child protection training, and umpiring/refereeing courses. The clubs that benefitted from funding for coaching and umpiring training included: Wenvoe Colts FC, Old Penarthians RFC, Barry Basketball Club, Hen Goleg League of Friends, Cowbridge Hockey Club, Vale Cricket Club, Cowbridge RFC Mini & Junior Section, Penarth Cricket Club, Vale Vipers Basketball and Penarth Town AFC.

The other clubs successful in receiving funding during this round of the Community Chest scheme were: Great Western Cricket Club, Llantwit Major Tennis Club, Glamorgan Anglers, Peterston Junior FC and Barry YMCA Male Artistic Club.


The Community Chest scheme is funded by Sport Wales and managed locally by the Vale Council’s Sports & Play Development Team.

The final round for Community Chest funding for this financial year will take place on 02 February 2017, with the deadline for submitting applications being 19 January. 

Any club or organisation interested in applying for funding is requested to contact the Sports & Play Development Team first, to check that their project is eligible for funding.  

The Community Chest scheme contributes to the Council’s objectives of increasing health and wellbeing amongst its residents, and increasing skills and education. To find out further information please contact the Sports & Play Development Team on 01446 704793.