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10 Oct 2007

The Sports Council for Wales is looking to give clubs a helping hand and support is available to assist clubs to increase the number of participants or to develop opportunities for women and girls, people with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities.

And by harnessing the pulling power that sports clubs in particular possess within the local community, the Sports Council for Wales is now providing them with extra ammunition by making them eligible for two Community Chest awards in any financial year.

For example, Cardigan Running Club has been turning its attentions to recruiting the runners of the future with the help of the Sports Council for Wales.

The club successfully secured a £232 grant from Community Chest to help develop an eight-week introductory course run by a local fitness instructor and club members.

Sessions consisted of educating the new recruits on the safety aspects of running such as the importance of warm ups and cool downs, stretches and trainers all combined with walk/run sessions culminating in a 5km run in week eight and an introduction to the club’s race programme.

And in Swansea, Llansamlet’s Talycopa football club received £1,000 to fund FAW leadership courses including emergency aid, child welfare and goalkeeper awards as well as Astroturf hire, footballs, kits, bibs, cones, pumps and first aid kits.

This year, they plan to expand their number of teams and aim to hold two additional sessions per week, involving 35 new children, six new volunteers and field two new under 7 and under 8 teams. The club also aims to recruit female coaches and managers in the hopes of recruiting more female players into the club.

Club wishing to book a place should contact Marion Bussell on or before noon on Friday 12 October 2007 to book their two free places.

The workshop takes place on Tuesday 16 October 2007 at 6:30pm for a prompt 7pm start.