"Welsh Asians/Cardiff Gymkhana"

Cricket is a popular sport in Cardiff's Asian communities. Two senior league minority clubs, Welsh Asians and Cardiff Gymkhana, needed funds to develop their youth players. The clubs needed a youth club section, new sports equipment and wanted to train selected members to become qualified coaches.

The Cardiff and Vale Cricket Coaches Association and the Grangetown and Butetown Healthy Living Programme were jointly involved in the project. They provided a local grassroots coaching project. The project opened up new and additional opportunities for participation in sport, especially for young people living in the inner city areas of Cardiff.

The cricket club developed a sustainable programme that was delivered through volunteer leaders and coaches. The £750 award provided essential equipment for the club for new young players, as well as coaching and first aid training for the volunteers.


A Vale of Glamorgan tennis programme is relieving numerous Welsh tennis rackets from months of neglected misery with its calls for a spectacular tennis racket revival!

Tucked behind the walls and wardrobes of more than half the homes across Wales sit numerous once-loved tennis rackets; unused and un-cared for, quietly wearing away.

But a £550 Community Chest grant from the Sports Council for Wales has enabled a new ‘Rusty Rackets’ programme to offer adults and older people across the region a chance to dig out their old rackets and re-engage with tennis.

Launched in September 2006 at Barry Athletic Club ‘Rusty Rackets’ is providing informal lessons each week throughout the Autumn, and with an emphasis on fun and informal sessions, the programme hopes to foster an active and social environment to break the barriers that discourage adults from taking up tennis.

Adults and older people who are keen to move their feet in a friendly environment will receive 60-90 minutes of weekly coaching from Barry Athletic Club’s assistant coach.

Tennis rallies may be somewhat rusty to begin, but the programme will ultimately serve to instil a growing confidence within adults and older people who might currently find physical activity too impractical or daunting.