GROVE IS KING OF THE SWINGERS

29 May 2008

With the Ryder Cup coming to Wales in 2010, stepping out onto the fairways has never been so cool. And, thanks to a National Lottery grant, the Grove Golf Club in Bridgend is helping youngsters to get into the swing of things.

The club has secured a £1000 Community Chest grant from the Sports Council for Wales. Aiming to improve the standard of coaching available, a number of older juniors will now be sent on leadership training so they can mentor the younger golfers.Funding Pic

Youngsters in the area will also have the opportunity to test out their talents on the green with a series of "Come and Try" days. The ultimate plan is to increase the number of girls playing golf and to promote the health benefits of playing golf to the people of Porthcawl.

The Grove has a first-class track record in attracting more juniors into the game. Last month, it became the first club in Wales to receive accreditation from Golf Development Wales and the Golf Union of Wales when it was awarded Junior GolfCert – a seal of approval which marks the club’s commitment to junior golf.

Since the inception of the Sports Council for Wales’ Community Chest scheme in 1999, communities across the length and breadth of Wales have been investing heavily in sports and physical activity projects.

As a result of the popularity and undoubted success of the scheme, the Sports Council for Wales is raising the level of grant. Organisations keen to develop sport & physical activity in Wales can now receive up to £1000 for a qualifying project over a 12 month period.

The scope of the scheme has also been widened. Grants have traditionally been awarded to sports clubs and sporting bodies. Now most organisations seeking to develop physical activity and sporting projects will be eligible for an award.

The Community Chest has recently been infiltrating additional areas of work such as the voluntary sector (e.g. Voluntary Youth Clubs, Women’s Institute) and the workplace, as well as continuing to support projects in the health and education arenas. So while funding the local football club might get the younger members of the community moving, backing a walking group will encourage more adults to get active.

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

"Community Chest has been and continues to be a huge success and is very popular throughout Bridgend. The increase in funding and the greater scope of the scheme will increase its effectiveness.

"Panels based in each of the 22 local authorities in Wales hold the purse strings and have delegated authority to award grants to worthwhile projects. We want to hear of bright ideas and projects that will get more people in Bridgend more active, more often."

To remove the obstacles and to get your project going, call your Sports Council for Wales regional office:

South East Wales:

South West Wales:

North Wales:

Or visit sports-council-wales.org.uk

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For further information please contact Mike Rees at Grove Golf Club on or Jane Williams at the Sports Council for Wales on