A range of the county’s sports organisations from Nordic walking groups and squash clubs to youth football teams and basketball clubs have received funding as part of the fund designed to encourage more people to take part in physical activities. Through the Gwynedd Community Chest Fund, sporting clubs and organisations can claim up to £1,500 with help available to buy new equipment and to pay for coaching qualifications.
Sally Lloyd-Davies, Chair of the Gwynedd Community Chest Panel:
“I’m delighted that that Gwynedd Council has been able to allocate £9,330 to a wide-range of sporting organisations throughout the county. These community groups on a grassroots level make a real contribution in the work of encouraging more people to take part in sport and to keep fit.
“I would encourage any of Gwynedd’s sport club and other organisations with a sporting interest to make the most of the support that’s available. Contact Gwynedd Council’s Sport Development team if your club want to find out more about applying for funding as part of the Gwynedd Community Chest Fund.”
The following sports clubs and organisations were successful in the latest round of the Gwynedd Community Chest Fund:
- Bangor Nordic Walking – the group will use the funding to purchase their own walking poles and to continue as an independent club.
- Clwb Pêl-Droed Ieuenctid Blaenau Ffestiniog Youth Football Club – funding will be used to purchase equipment and kit to establish a new under 12s team as well as sending volunteers on coaching courses.
- Clwb Pêl-Fasged Caernarfon Basketball Club – the successful Gwynedd Community Chest Fund application will go towards establishing a basketball club to run coaching sessions for players from eight to 18. Funding will also contribute towards purchasing equipment, hiring facilities to train and sending volunteers on coaching courses.
- Neuadd Willis Football Club – the funding will be used for a new club in the Bangor area to affiliate with a local Sunday League with contribution towards Coach Education courses and equipment.
- Dysynni Squash Club – funding will go towards improving junior membership at the Tywyn-based club and offering new activities such as Racquetball. Funding will provide new equipment such as a portable squash wall for minis as well pay for coach education and hiring courts for additional coaching sessions.
- Clwb Pêl-Droed Ieuenctid Segontium Rovers – the Gwynedd Community Chest funding will be used to establish a new under 7’s team at the Caernarfon club. Funding will contribute towards sending volunteers on coach education and first aid courses as well as providing basic equipment for the new team.
- CPD Mynydd Tigers - funding will go towards equipment and kit for a new under 14 team in the Bethesda area.
- Arfon Masters Swimming Club – the funding will contribute towards sending coaches on UKCC Level 1 and Level 2 Courses as well as paying for sessions to attract new members for the Arfon-based swimming club. This application is part of a large project which comprises a 25 year anniversary Gala for the club who are trying to increase club membership.
- City Pumas F.C. – the grant will help to establish a new team at under 14 level and a new under 9 team at the Bangor-based club. The funding will contribute towards new equipment and coach education.
- City Dragons F.C. – the funding will be used to establish a new football club in the Maesgeirchen area of Bangor. The grant will pay for coach education and training equipment.
For an application form for Gwynedd Community Chest funding, contact Gwynedd Council’s Sport Development Service on (01758) 704010. To receive guidance on the application process, contact Elwyn Jones, Gwynedd Council’s Sport Development Manager on (01758) 704067 or Rhian Dobson, Gwynedd Council’s Assistant Sport Development Officer on (01758) 704057.
The timetable for Gwynedd Community Chest Panel Meetings 2011/12 and the closing dates for receiving completed applications are:
Meeting - 7 November 2011; Closing date - 17 October 2011
Meeting 6 - February 2012; Closing date - 16 January 2012