7 Dec 2007

A sponsorship deal from one of the UK’s leading retailers has been matched by the Sports Council for Wales to ensure that a Clwyd riding centre gets on track for future success.

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Clwyd Special Riding Centre in Wrexham has secured three years of financial support from Marks and Spencer Money to the tune of £10,000 matched pound for pound by Sportsmatch Cymru.

The £20,000 cash influx will provide the Centre with the funds needed to provide an extensive programme of volunteer and instructor training courses and also fund the introduction of a mentoring scheme for all new instructors.

The Centre welcomes 170 people with special needs through its doors every week offering riding, carriage driving, equestrian vaulting and horse care courses, as well as residential holidays for groups from all over the country. All the sessions are facilitated by volunteers and volunteer instructors and training is a vital part of the Centre’s planning.

Lady Gladstone, Chair of Clwyd Special Riding Centre said:

"Without our volunteers we simply would not be able to help all the 170 people we currently reach. The Sportsmatch Cymru scheme means that Marks and Spencer’s support can go so much further and will help to train many more people".

Sportsmatch Cymru is a Welsh Assembly Government business incentive scheme for sport in Wales, managed by the Sports Council for Wales. It is designed to encourage more business backing for grassroots sport by matching new or additional sponsorship ‘£ for £’.

With the aim of giving business an incentive to support more grassroots sport, Sportsmatch Cymru can allocate awards of between £500 and £15,000.

Chair of the Sports Council for Wales, Phil Carling, said:

"Businesses in Wales play a huge part in the sporting success of our nation and we can only continue to excel if we invest in tomorrow’s champions now.

"In return, sports sponsorship offers businesses the opportunity to achieve commercial marketing objectives by raising brand awareness and increasing customer loyalty. It also allows them to fulfil social responsibilities, which is fast becoming a key objective for all companies."

The programme was officially launched by the High Sheriff, Jonathan Major, who visited the Centre and watched many of the volunteers and instructors at work.

The Centre is always seeking new volunteers and in particular people who are interested in teaching or coaching. If you are interested in this training scheme, then please contact the Centre on .


For further information, please contact Lynette Evans at the Sports Council for Wales on /

Notes to the Editor:

  • At its launch in 1992, the scheme was billed as one designed to double the benefits of sponsorship investment for grassroots sport in the community and to support the activities that will increase participation and raise standards at grassroots level - particularly among young people.
  • The Sports Council for Wales is the national organisation responsible for developing both sport and physical recreation. 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 recreation in Wales.