FISHGUARD SCHOOL HAS THE X FACTOR

15 May 2008

Thanks to a lottery cash investment from the Sports Council for Wales, Holy Name Catholic School in Fishguard is set to make physical activity a part of everyday life for the local community.

The school has successfully secured a Community Chest grant of £750 to cover the costs of introducing weekly boxercise classes for staff, parents and local people who want to step up their daily activity levels.

Sharon Osborne, who applied for the grant and is a teacher at Holy Name School says, "The classes are going extremely well and are held once a week. We work hard to keep the children fit and healthy and felt it important that we should also look after ourselves in the process.

"The uptake for these sessions has very high and it has proved a real hit. Everyone is delighted with the sessions, and the main thing is that we have a lot of fun. It's a great stress reliever and the improvement since week one has been quite dramatic."

Holy Name Catholic School spent the grant on boxercise equipment and a martial arts instructor to lead the weekly sessions. There are two classes - one for the staff at the school and, the other, for the parents and the local community which is held every Thursday night.

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.

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

The scope of the scheme has also been widened. Grants have traditionally been awarded to sports clubs and sporting bodies. Now most organisations seeking to develop physical activity and sporting projects will be eligible for an award.

The Community Chest has recently been infiltrating additional areas of work such as the voluntary sector (e.g. Voluntary Youth Clubs, Women’s Institute) and the workplace, as well as continuing to support projects in the health and education arenas. So while funding the local football club might get the younger members of the community moving, backing a walking group will encourage more adults to get active.

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 Pembrokeshire. 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 Pembrokeshire more active, more often."

To remove the obstacles and to get your project going, call your Sports Council for Wales regional office:

South East Wales:

South West Wales:

North Wales:

Or visit sports-council-wales.org.uk