24 Feb 2009

Penrhyncoch Football Club is among seven clubs in Ceredigion to have scooped windfalls from the Sports Council for Wales’ Community Chest programme totalling more than £5,000.

Founded in 1965, Penrhyncoch has netted £644 from the Sports Council to form a new ladies senior side and fund the provision of new balls, bibs, kit and training equipment as well as paying for coaching staff to attend football leader and first aid courses.Football01 THUMBNAIL

Kevin Jenkins, a committee member at the club, explains, "We already have an under 14s and 16s girls team and therefore needed to set up a senior side for the juniors to feed into. We’re looking to form the new team next season and enter the Ceredigion League to compete against teams such as Lampeter, Tregaron and Felinfach."

Another six clubs form Ceredigion has been given the green light for a cash boost from the Sports Council for Wales (complete list and contacts below).

1. Ieuenctid Caron Grant Awarded: £973

The future looks bright for young people in Tregaron and the surrounding area having just secured a £973 grant from the Sports Council for Wales to provide children with a range of different sport activities such as canoeing, yoga and mountain biking. Taster sessions will be arranged to encourage children to participate in activities they might not have tried before.

For further information, please call Rhian Jones on

2. Sarnau & District Table Tennis Club Grant Awarded: £530

Thanks to a cash injection from the Sports Council for Wales, this recreational table tennis club will be able to upgrade its tennis tables and hold open evenings in a bid to attract new members to the club. The club is primarily targeted towards retired people in Llandysul and the surrounding area and a way of providing social and fitness facilities.

For further information, please call Don Grigg on

3. Tresaith Mariners Sailing Club Grant Awarded: £1,000

The £1,000 grant awarded to the sailing club will cover the cost of training five safety boat drivers. The drivers will not only be able to assist at the club, but also at the Cardigan Bay Regatta in New Quay and at the Teifi Boat Club Regatta in Gwbert along with other events when required.

For further information, please call John Perrin on

4. Tregaron Mountain Biking Club Grant Awarded: £480

With the grant awarded to Tregaron Mountain Biking Club, they aim to set-up a fortnightly cycling club for children under 16 years of age. They will get the opportunity to learn essential bike maintenance skills and take part in supervised group rides in and around the Ceredigion area.

For further information, please call Benjamin Williams on

5. Clwb Criced Llandysul Cricket Club Grant Awarded: £1,000

Thanks to a £1,000 grant from the Sports Council for Wales, Clwb Criced Llandysul is looking to invest in the future of its coaches and expand the coaching opportunities for the under 9s, 11s and 12s - to give as many children as possible the opportunity to participate in cricket.

For further information, please call Aled Jones on

6. Cardigan Bay Riding Club Grant Awarded: £850

Cardigan Bay Riding Club will spend the £850 grant awarded to them on first aid training for their members in order to provide first aid cover at all club events, lessons and competitions and to make the club more efficient.

For further information, please call Lin Herridge on

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: