13 Oct 2008

A Conwy Sunday league football team has scored a Lottery cash injection from the Sports Council for Wales.

Pen Y Bryn Football Club has secured a Community Chest grant of just over £900 from the Sports Council for Wales, which will go towards improved training equipment and facilities. They will also use some of the money to send a squad member on a refereeing course, which is a mandatory requirement of their league.

The club has gone from strength to strength, winning promotion from their local Sunday league at the end of last season and accepting the award of ‘Most Sporting Club’ from league officials. The team’s squad has now swelled to 28 signed players – far surpassing their recruitment targets.

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 Conwy. 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 Conwy more active, more often."