Sports clubs are the backbone of sport and physical activity in Wales and play a vital role in providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to become and – more importantly - continue to be physically active.
Whether it’s badminton or bowls, archery or athletics, sports clubs offer a great opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to try their hand at a new activity or to brush up on those rusty skills once honed to perfection during those halcyon schooldays.
And there are numerous channels through which the Sports Council for Wales injects cash to help support and deliver successful clubs with sporting activities in the principality.
The Sports Council for Wales is the national organisation responsible for developing sport and active lifestyles. It is the main adviser on sporting matters to the Welsh Assembly Government and is responsible for distributing funds from the National Lottery to sport and physical activity in Wales.
Moreover, it is one of the main contributors to the Assembly Government’s twenty-year Climbing Higher strategy, which wants to get 40% of adults and 80% of juniors to be members of sports clubs and centres by 2020.
Chair of the Sports Council, Philip Carling explains:
"We have a commitment to respond to this challenge by expanding the ways in which more people can participate in physical activity.
"It’s not simply about nurturing and supporting clubs for specific types of people, but recognising that one club or community session can provide the platform to providing further opportunities for parents, teenagers and older people to get active - whether it be through schools, the community, sports centres or local authority groups."