8 Aug 2008

Young people in Cardiff are being given the chance to take to the ice with a £1,000 lottery cash investment from the Sports Council for Wales.

The money will go towards increasing the number of qualified coaches at the Cardiff Junior Ice Hockey Club and will provide further training and development for those who already regularly face off at the rink.

Director Dave Oliver explains, "We’re over the moon with the support we have received from the Community Chest scheme. With ice hockey being such an expensive sport, it is vital that we provide the best and most affordable opportunity for young people to participate and develop through the ‘Learn to Play’ system.

"‘Learn to Play’ not only focuses on teaching them to play the sport but encourages a more rounded approach to fitness. The funding we have received will help towards the provision of training in topics such as nutrition, injury prevention and fitness in general."

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 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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