4 Dec 2008

Junior football on Anglesey is alive and kicking after the Sports Council for Wales has injected more than £3,800 of National Lottery funding to teams across the island this autumn.

The Ynys Mon Community Chest panel shared the funding amongst a string of clubs through the Sports Council for Wales managed Community Chest initiative. Budding Aaron Ramseys and Gareth Bales will benefit from new kit and equipment, as well as greater coaching standards with more coaches gaining football qualifications.

The following junior football clubs received Community Chest funding:

Glantraeth Juniors FC

Glantraeth Juniors received £949 to help form an under 12s team - an age group that they felt had been neglected in the past. The Bodorgan Community School based outfit has an extensive junior structure, represented at Under 9, 11, 14 and 18. The Community Chest funding will fund, amongst other things; first aid, welfare and leader courses as well as new kit and footballs.

Trearddur Bay Junior FC

Trearddur Bay Juniors received £555 to strengthen their coaching structure. The team, which trains at Mill Bank Football Ground, Holyhead, coaches 60 boys in their four weekly training sessions. The Community Chest funding will go towards pitch hire and funding five volunteers to go on welfare training and two others to attain first aid qualifications.

Llangoed Junior FC

Llangoed Juniors were given £439 to provide indoor training for their under 14s team and to bolster coaching provisions. By moving indoors at Beaumaris Leisure Centre they hope to attract more players over the winter months. The Community Chest funding will go towards equipment, such as balls and cones, as well as leaders and first aid courses.

Llanfairpwll Junior FC

Llanfairpwll Juniors have been given £941 to encourage local youngsters to participate in organised football events and to get fit by getting active. They also want to improve their coaching standards and buy new equipment for their newly formed Under 7s team. The Community Chest funding will go towards leaders, welfare and first aid courses as well as equipment such as bibs and balls.

Llandegfan Leopards Juniors FC

The Leopards have received £980 to restructure their club, which will include a new Under 12s side, in a bid to bring the community together and encourage local youngsters to interact with other Anglesey youths through the local league structure. The club currently has 46 boys training with them but hope that they can attract a further 20 youngsters with the additional coaches set to come on board. The Community Chest funding will go towards leaders, welfare and first aid courses as well as new equipment and facility hire.

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 Anglesey. 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 Anglesey 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.