21 Jan 2010

South Wales’ oldest basketball club are set to record their on-court success in style after a grant from the Sports Council for Wales helped them buy a new portable scoreboard and clock.

The Barry Huskies have been at the heart of local basketball for five decades, having been established in 1963, and a £1,000 Community Chest grant enables them to keep up with the times… and scores.

The new portable scoreboard will be in use for matches at the Holm View Leisure Centre in Barry, as the club aim for top spot in the South Wales Valleys League.

Agreed by a panel of volunteers with support from the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s sports and play development team and the Sports Council for Wales, the Community Chest grants scheme supports clubs and organisations that aim to provide new and improved opportunities for local people to take part in sports and physical activities.

Being awarded £1,000 – the maximum grant available – was a welcome boost for the Huskies, as club chairman Alun Rees explained: "We are absolutely delighted to have received this grant. In addition to being able to buy the new scoreboard, we are also using some of the grant to improve coaching standards and hopefully attract the next generation of players to the game."

Congratulating the club on their grant, the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism Cllr Anthony Ernest said: "It’s great to see another club benefit from the Community Chest scheme, and I hope that their new scoreboard records many Barry Huskies victories for years to come."

If you are part of a Vale-based organisation, club or workplace and would like to discuss a potential Community Chest application, please contact the Vale Council’s sports and play development manager Karen Davies on or request an application form by calling Julie Morgan on .

You can find out more about the Barry Huskies Basketball Club online at or by calling Alun Rees on .