SPORTS COUNCIL BOOSTS WOMEN'S RUGBY IN AMMANFORD

15 May 2008

The Sports Council for Wales and Amman United RFC are investing into the future of women’s rugby by funding the club’s first under 14 girls team.

The Sports Council has awarded Amman United RFC with a £870 Community Chest grant which will go towards buying new equipment including new kit and rugby balls as well as paying for coaching courses. Football01 THUMBNAIL

Amman United RFC’s Junior Secretary Martin Jones says, "This is the first time we’ve had a girls side in the club and we’re all very happy with the way training is going and also the progress they have made in the games.

"They’ve played six games already this season and there are 23 girls registered at the club. Attendance at training is excellent and they obviously love playing. They won two games this season and will look to improve next season."

"We are very grateful to the Sports Council for Wales for the additional funding which will help us in our bid to expand the club and get more people playing rugby."

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