14 Jan 2009

Youngsters in St David’s will soon be taking to the greens in their droves thanks to a National Lottery grant worth £700 from the Sports Council for Wales.

St David’s Golf Club has just secured a Community Chest grant from the Sports Council which will cover the cost of holding open evenings, taster and professional coaching sessions to encourage more young people in St David’s to take up the sport.

The club’s chairman, Dave Heighway, explains, "We’re delighted with the grant which will go a long way in getting more young people and adults also, to turn their hand to golf.

"The objective is to make this club more junior friendly because we appreciate that they are the future and that in order to get people playing golf, you need to target them at an early age."

"Our plan is to hold taster sessions and open evenings where young people can come along and give it a go, free of charge. The long-term aim is to boost membership and golf participation in St David’s."

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 Pembrokeshire. 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 Pembrokeshire more active, more often."