LOTTO SPORTS FACILITIES FOR NORTH WALES

16 Sep 2005

blueThe Sports Council for Wales is releasing more that £80,000 from its lottery budget to invest in sports facilities in North Wales. Three projects are set to benefit from the cash boost – which will go some way to increasing activity levels and raising participation rates in the North.

WREXHAM SPORTING TRANSFORMATION

Wrexham is preparing itself for an influx in activity levels following the news that facilities in Gwersyllt are in line for an overhaul.

In partnership with Wrexham County Borough Council, a Sports Council for Wales lottery grant of £25,000 means work can now get underway on the refurbishment of three existing and outdated tennis courts and the construction of a floodlit outdoor games area.

Adjacent to Bryn Alun High School and Gwyn Evans Leisure Centre, the revamp will deliver an array of new sporting opportunities to all members of the community and surrounding area.

While outdoor facilities will reap the obvious benefits, the new development frees up much needed space in the indoor sports hall, allowing for innovative activities to be brought to the centre.

Designed to draw in residents from the large urban community on the outskirts of Wrexham, it is hoped that the revamp will open a window of opportunity to community residents and Gwersyllt will be flooded with a new breed of sporting enthusiasts.

ALL- SPORT ACTIVITY IN ANGLESEY

Football will be joined by a whole host of new sports in Llangefni once the construction of a floodlit games area is completed. More than £28,000 lottery investment from the Sports Council for Wales will allow for the expansion of Anglesey’s sporting programme, meaning the local council can now set to work on concocting a multi-sport programme to suit all sectors of the community.

Located in one of the largest towns on the island, the Llangefni games area is well placed to draw in large numbers and contribute to an activity uptake. Based in the Tudor Ward – an area of multiple deprivation – the development will also provide a much needed recreation base for residents from two large local council estates who currently lack any formal activity area.

SAILING SAFEGUARDED IN FLINTSHIRE

North Wales’ reputation as a watersports mecca has been given an extra boost following the Sports Council for Wales’ decision to award Shotwick Sailing Club a £30,000 lottery grant to fund the purchase a sailing club site in Deeside.

In partnership with Flintshire Community Trust the club can now press on with its plans to safeguard the only community facility of its sort in Flintshire and expand the opportunities for watersports wannabes. While watersports are at a premium in North Wales, ownership of a 44.5 acre lake and clubhouse will go some way to redress the balance in Flintshire.

Exercising an ‘open and inviting’ policy, the club aims to maximise memberships and draw residents from the large urban populations on the Flintshire/Cheshire border. And with canoeing and windsurfing opportunities also on offer, the club will cater for every taste.

Since the lottery began in 1994, the Sports Council has spent more than £120 million on much-needed facilities right across Wales.

The Sports Council for Wales Chief Executive, Dr Huw Jones explains:

"The National Lottery is making a massive contribution to sport in Wales, impacting on provision throughout Wales. Schemes like these are making a significant difference to participation and performance and, ultimately, the health of the nation."