10 Dec 2008

Thanks to a lottery cash investment from the Sports Council for Wales worth £539, the Three Centre Skater Hockey Club based in Cardigan can now look to the future and proactively recruit new members for their under U21s team.

With the money awarded to the club, the grant will fund the provision of a number of free taster sessions aimed at targeting teenage boys as well as the purchase of safety equipment, pucks and sticks.

Three Centre Skater Hockey Club’s Secretary, Meirwen Jones, explains, "We’re delighted to have been awarded this grant because now we can actively go out there and seek more youngsters to be a part of this club.

"Our intention is to increase club membership and form a new under 21s team to play competitively in the South Wales league. We want to provide a positive sporting environment as well as a diversionary activity for boys in Cardigan.

"The objective is to get more young people participating in sport and provide them with more opportunities in the local area. Skater hockey is an excellent way of keeping fit and healthy whilst having fun at the same time."

Roller hockey is similar to ice hockey but played on inline roller skates and with a regulation puck. Three Centre is affiliated to the British Inline Puck Hockey Association (BIPHA) and the new side will train once a week at Cardigan Leisure Centre.

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 Ceredigion. 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 Ceredigion more active, more often."

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

South East Wales:

South West Wales:

North Wales: