20 Nov 2008

The bar has been raised for rugby standards in Caernarfon with one club’s pledge to ensure that every junior rugby player receives coaching in Welsh.

Clwb Rygbi Caernarfon has been awarded £1000 of National Lottery funding through the Sports Council for Wales’ Community Chest scheme that will go towards sending members on coaching and first aid courses. But in a bid to further improve the quality of coaching delivery they have been driving towards providing sessions for all age groups through the medium of Welsh.

The new funding will ensure that every child in the junior section will continue to receive coaching, from qualified coaches, in Welsh. In May 2007, the first UK Coaching Course (UKCC) delivered entirely through the medium of Welsh took place at Bro Ffestiniog Rugby Club. A host of would-be coaches descended upon the Gwynedd club for a two-day course packed with interactive and practical sessions aimed at ensuring sports are delivering the best available athlete-centred coaching – both for elite performance and recreational sport.

Clwb Rygbi Caernarfon Trustee, Clive James said, "We coach from under six up to veterans level, which means roughly 250 kids are part of our squads at the moment. There is a constant need to train new coaches as for some volunteers, once their kids have left the area to go to university, they pack in the coaching.

"All but two of our coaches have Welsh speaking abilities and all of our training is delivered in Welsh. It is just good practice and enriches the club and the training fraternity."

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.

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 Gwynedd. 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 Gwynedd more active, more often."

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 and 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.

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