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8 Aug 2006

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and it certainly was in a Ceredigion village.

With no junior football team to speak of, a group of mothers in the village of Borth made the decision to establish a team themselves to give their children the opportunity to play the game.

A Community Chest grant of £750 has made it possible for the Bois y Graig Football Team to purchase essential equipment and send three parents on football leaders and first aid courses.

There are currently nine children taking part, but the mum’s are looking to up membership to 15. The long-term aim is to expand the team further, giving more children in the village the opportunity to take to the pitch.

Since 1999 the Sports Council’s National Lottery funded Community Chest scheme has spread its prize pot to just under 10,000 projects Wales wide, providing opportunities for people living in every area of Wales to get out there and active.

Communities across the principality have reaped the rewards of the Sports Council’s commitment to creating new and improved sport and physical activity opportunities.

Traditionally supporting sports clubs and sporting organisations, the remit has since expanded in response to the Welsh Assembly Government’s Sport and Physical Activity Strategy ‘Climbing Higher.’ So while the scheme is still supporting traditional sports and activities, it is also adopting alternative approaches to getting more people more active, more often. Priority has shifted to delivering opportunities for everybody to engage in physical activity, whether that be during work time, spare time, social time or retirement.

The Sports Council for Wales is urging more projects in Ceredigion to come forward to apply for the £37,664 of Community Chest funding available to the area. For more information and to find out whether your project is eligible for a grant worth up to £750, please contact your local authority sports development team.