30 Aug 2007

Members of a Wrexham based Women’s Institute (WI) group are set to dust off their trainers and get their heart rates pumping as they reap the benefits of a £1000 Sports Council for Wales Community Chest grant.

T’ai Chi sessions tailored to the varying abilities of the members of New Broughton and Caego WI are being introduced to meetings at New Broughton Community Centre to address the lack of physical activity currently being undertaken by the group.

Tai Chi

In an effort to encourage members, their friends, family and the wider community to improve their all-round health and well-being, a schedule of bi-weekly classes will be introduced in September this year.

The classes will provide a doorstep healthy living activity opportunity to the community and will be of particular benefit to those who find it difficult to drive to a local leisure centre.

It is hoped that the new physical activity opportunities set to be introduced to the group will foster stronger friendships between its members and educate them about the multitude of long term health benefits that the new classes can bring.

Since the inception of the Sports Council for Wales’ Community Chest scheme in 1999, communities across the length and breadth of Wales have been investing heavily in sports and physical activity projects.

Indeed, in its short history, the lottery funded grant aid scheme has distributed over £250,000 to projects across Wrexham.

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 Wrexham. 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 the Wrexham more active more often."