10 Jul 2008

A rugby club in Cardiff is ready to scrum down, thanks to a grant from the Sports Council for Wales’ Community Chest scheme.

The Cardiff High School Old Boys RFC boasts the fastest-growing mini and junior section in the city. And it has been granted more than £900 in National Lottery funding.

The club now hopes to plough the funding into training courses for their coaches who can then support the growing numbers of juniors who are pulling on their boots and taking to the pitch.

There are plans in the pipeline to kick start girls teams at under 14 and under 17 levels. By beefing up the credentials of its coaches, the club will also be able to ensure safe and fun rugby.

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 Cardiff. 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 Cardiff more active, more often."

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