Financial support for Gwynedd sport clubs

Date 14/10/2016

Financial support for Gwynedd sport clubs

Fifteen Gwynedd sports clubs have received a total of £15,845 through the Gwynedd Community Chest.

 Gwynedd Community Chest grants provide support for various sports clubs and organisations throughout the county. These include football, gymnastics, judo, hockey clubs and much more.

 The grant money from Gwynedd Community Chest as well as Gwynedd Council’s Healthy Gwynedd programme aims to promote fitness and help clubs and sport institutions within the county to deliver improved sport opportunities for Gwynedd residents. The Community Chest is a national scheme funded by Sport Wales through the Big Lottery Fund and administered locally by county councils.

 Councillor Mair Rowlands, the Council’s Healthy Gwynedd Cabinet Member said:

 “The purpose of the Gwynedd Community Chest Fund is to support and promote a range of sports in every part of the county. As a Council, we understand the importance of sport clubs and organisations within our communities. It’s important that we provide as much support as we can so that they can succeed. It’s extremely positive that the Gwynedd Community Chest Fund continues to help so many clubs and organisations throughout Gwynedd.

 “We would encourage any sport clubs or organisations in Gwynedd that feel that they may qualify for financial support from the Gwynedd Community Chest to present an application as soon as possible. A grant like this can help secure the continuation and development of sports clubs during what is undeniably a  challenging financial period.” 

 In the latest meeting of the Gwynedd Community Chest, grants were allocated to a number of junior football clubs in Gwynedd to help buy equipment, leasing training pitches for new teams and ages, and for coaching courses for the volunteers that run the clubs. These courses include First Aid, Children’s Well-Being, Football Leaders and Licences. 

 The successful football clubs that have received a Gwynedd Community Chest Grant include: Bontnewydd Junior Football Club, Mynydd Tiger Junior Football Club, Maes y Bryn Junior Football Club, Penrhosgarnedd Junior Football Club, Llanberis Colts Junior Football Club, Segontium Rovers Junior Football Club, Nantlle Vale Junior Football Club, Abermaw Junior Football Club, Nefyn Junior Football Club.

 Other clubs that have been successful in receiving grants from the Gwynedd Community Chest include:

-       St Deiniol’s Golf Club, Bangor for practice sessions nets and to present golf in a more effective way for beginners.

-       Gwynjim Gymnastics Club in Bangor to help more volunteers to qualify for gymnastics and First Aid courses.

-       Dolgellau Athletic AAFC to send coaches on training courses.

-       Porthmadog Women’s Hockey Club for one of their volunteers to attend a coaching course.

-       Judo Club Segnotiwm to qualify volunteers on coaching courses, first aid courses as well as supporting marketing and promoting club sessions to attract new members.

 For more information about how a sports club or organisation can seek financial support from the Gwynedd Community Chest, get in touch with Gwynedd Council’s sports development team by e-mailing  LAGO@gwynedd.llyw.cymru  or you can phone 01766 771000. The closing date for the next round of applications is on 7 November, and the next Gwynedd Community Chest meeting will be held on 21 November.