Carmarthenshire Council distributes nearly £17,000 to sport clubs


Carmarthenshire Council has distributed nearly £17,000 to sport clubs across the county.
Some 14 clubs have benefited from Community Chest grant funding after applying through the sport and leisure team.
Whitland Ladies RFC, Llanelli Olympic Wrestling Club, Mini Merlins Netball Club, Welsh Racing Drivers Association, Llanelli Cricket Club, Dinefwr Archers, Kidwelly Bowls Club, Ammanford Netball Club, Calsonic Kansei Swiss Valley AFC, Towy Riders Cycling Club, Ammanford Cricket Club girls and boys section, Llanelli Steelers Basketball, Sauterelle Trampoline Club and Llangennech Cricket Club all secured cash.
The bulk of the money will be spent on developing junior and youth sections, improving and increasing the level of coaches, as well as training courses including first aid, umpiring and refereeing.
Equipment such as cricket gloves, netballs, batting pads and mitts, wickets, coaching mats, windballs, bowls, netball whistles and first aid is planned. Community Chest is funded by Sport Wales and distributed via the council’s sport and leisure section.
Sport and leisure officer, Hilary Jones said: “The grant is ideal for anyone wanting to set up a new club or provide new activities as it will cover the initial start up costs such as venue hire, equipment and putting people through coaching and necessary course.”
The closing date for the next round of funding is Wednesday, May 27.
Community Chest is funded by Sport Wales and distributed via the council’s sport and leisure section.
Youth clubs/groups, sports clubs/organisations and non-sporting organisations with an interest to provide physical activity (eg community hall associations, community councils) can apply for up to £1,500.
The council’s senior sport and leisure manager, Carl Daniels said: “On top of the £107,000 we distributed to grass-roots sport last year, we aim for this continued investment to help community sport go from strength to strength. Our sport and leisure officers work closely with clubs to assist in their development and anyone requiring support should get in touch.”
Applications are encouraged from clubs who want to develop opportunities for women and girls, people with disabilities and from clubs within areas of social deprivation.
If you think your club would benefit from a Community Chest grant then contact Hilary Jones on 01267 224714 or email HGJones@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

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