28 Jul 2008

Young people and adults in Powys are being given the chance to play canoe polo thanks to a lottery cash investment from the Sports Council for Wales worth £1,000.

The money awarded to Brecon Canoe Club, a club formed about two years ago, will fund the provision of goals, helmets, face guards, buoyancy aids and the hire of Brecon Leisure Centre on a monthly basis.

Brecon Canoe Club coach Steve Rayner explains, "We’re delighted with the money we’ve been awarded and look forward to starting both youth and adult teams in the area from September onwards. The plan is to take teams to the Welsh Canoe Polo league championships next summer.

"Anyone over 11-years-old can join in canoe polo and younger children can also join some of the club’s other events. For those who are interested, we’ll be training for canoe polo on the first Wednesday of every month as well as providing general kayaking training on the second and fourth Wednesday; all at Brecon Leisure Centre from 7-8pm. By all means turn up and get a feel for what we do – everyone is welcome."

Canoe polo is played by two teams of five players, each with up to three substitutes. Played on any piece of flat water large enough to take a pitch, the aim is to score goals in nets suspended a couple of metres above the water. The balls are the same as used in water polo and games last between 6 - 10 minutes each way, with a half-time.

If you have an idea that could get more people, more active more often – you may even be in line for a cash grant from the Sports Council for Wales.

Projects up and down the country have been reaping the rewards of the Community Chest scheme since 1999.

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 Powys. 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 Powys more active, more often."

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

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Esther Eckley at the Sports Council for Wales on /