More people exercising thanks to bumper Community Chest grant
Funding totalling £68,478 has been shared between local clubs and projects developing new opportunities for physical activity in the Vale of Glamorgan.
Over the last financial year, almost 7,000 local participants are expected to have benefitted from the Sport Wales funding.
60 clubs and projects, across 13 towns and villages in the county, have realised their plans to increase participation amongst adults and young people, and to create more coaching opportunities.
The Community Chest scheme is funded by Sport Wales and managed locally by the Sports Development section of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Healthy Living Team.
Organisations across the Vale applied for funding in order to assist with creating new activities, or to help with improving existing ones.
11 of those to have received funding used it to focus on developing opportunities for females.
These included Barry Basketball Club, who are looking to increase the number of female adults at the club, Vale Vipers Girls Basketball, who are looking to increase the number of Under 12s participating, and Barry Squash, who are going to be delivering female-only sessions in the future.
Elsewhere, the funding has also been used for training courses for coaches and volunteers, to purchase equipment for new activities, to promote their projects, and to pay for the initial facility hire.
The grants distributed are not purely for sporting activities. They have also been used to develop new physical activity opportunities, such as running and cycling groups.
Non-sport organisations successful in receiving Community Chest funding over the last year include Amelia Methodist Trust Company Ltd, Newydd Housing Association and Graig & Penllyn Residents Association, who received funding to purchase informative signage for an Activity Trail that facilitates free standing exercise activities in the outdoors without the need for physical equipment.
The Community Chest scheme is set to return in the new financial year (April 2019 – March 2020), with £81,500 being allocated to Vale of Glamorgan organisations.
If you are part of an organisation interested in developing opportunities for physical activities in the Vale, why not apply for Community Chest funding?
If you would like to discuss a potential project, please call Karen Davies, Principal Healthy Living Officer for the Vale of Glamorgan Council on 01446 704793, before submitting your proposal by the 04 April deadline.