10 Oct 2007

Sports clubs from South West Wales are being urged to head to Trinity College in Carmarthen later this month to find out the latest advice and support on offer from Sports Council for Wales (16 October 2007).

Sports Clubs

The purpose of the seminar is to highlight current examples of good practice and promote current opportunities for the region’s clubs.

Speaking ahead of the seminar, Philip Carling – Chair of the Sports Council for Wales – explains:

"It is vital that the Sports Council for Wales supports clubs and provides advice to help them develop. Clubs are at the very core of helping the nation to become more physically active but also to produce tomorrow’s champions."

Clubs from Neath Port Talbot, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire are invited and they will have the chance to find out about various support opportunities including the Sports Council for Wales’ Community Chest and Sportsmatch Cymru programmes.

Sportsmatch Cymru is the Welsh Assembly Government’s business incentive scheme for sport in Wales. Managed by the Sports Council for Wales, the scheme is designed to encourage more business backing for grassroots sport by matching new or additional sponsorship ‘£ for £’.

At its launch in 1992, the scheme was billed as one designed to double the benefits of sponsorship investment for grassroots sport in the community and to support the activities that will increase participation and raise standards at grassroots level - particularly among young people.

With the aim of giving business an incentive to support more grassroots sport, Sportsmatch Cymru can allocate awards of between £500 and £15,000 on a £1 for £1 basis.

And in its 14-year history, Sportsmatch Cymru - together with its commercial partners – has ploughed more than £4m into more than 1,400 sports projects right across Wales.

Since its inception in 1999, Community Chest - the lottery funded grant aid scheme - has supported tens of thousands of projects right across Wales.

As a result of the popularity and undoubted success of the scheme, the Sports Council for Wales has raised 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.