Place for Sport - case studies

From a new athletics track in Bridgend, to resurfaced tennis courts in Rhyl, and a new bowls pavilion in Hay on Wye, here are some of the new projects that are being funded by Place for Sport grants to help improve sporting facilities across Wales…

Overhang, Carmarthenshire

Awarded: £35,082
Project: Prayers to expand climbing - which makes its Olympic debut in 2020 - have been answered in Carmarthen where an old church is being turned into an indoor climbing centre. The church, which is within walking distance of the town centre, is perfect for climbing as it can contain walls up to 14m high as well as plenty of space for bouldering. The facility will also be adapted so that it is disability friendly.

Hay on Wye Bowling Club, Powys

Awarded: £15,000
Project: This Place for Sport grant will help the club build a new pavilion which will become a bustling hub in a rural community where all generations can come together to be active and sociable. As well as making the sport of bowls more appealing, and hopefully rejuvenating the club's junior section, the new pavilion will also host various fitness classes, bingo/games evenings, and MIND sessions to make a positive impact on social and mental health wellbeing. 

Pembrokeshire County Council, Pembrokeshire 

Awarded: £38,200
Project: Funding has been awarded to the council so that two new cycle tracks can be created through the woodland at the Scolton Manor Country Park near Haverfordwest. One will be a short family-friendly route, and the second will be a BMX-style 'pump' track for riders of all ages that will feature several ramps and bends.

Rhyl Tennis Club, Denbighshire

Awarded: £25,000
Project: Eight mini tennis courts that are currently unplayable will be brought up to the same high standard as the adjacent full-size courts that adults play on at the club. With six primary schools just over an Andy Murray lob away from the club, there's massive potential for dozens of children to take up the sport on the courts which are ideally sized for under 10s.

Aberavon Lifeguard Club, Neath Port Talbot

Awarded: £8,138
Project: The purchase of rescue boards and floating water-proof hand held VHF radios will let club members provide high-quality safety cover at open water swimming and open water triathlon events which are growing in popularity along Wales' coastline.

Llandough Community Council, Vale of Glamorgan

Awarded: £20,000
Project: Place for Sport funding will be used to create a multi-games area (MUGA) within the King George V Memorial Playing Fields where football, basketball, netball and hockey can all be played. The community council has already secured a £44,600 grant towards the project from the Vale of Glamorgan Council's 'Strong Communities' fund.

Bridgend Athletics Club, Bridgend County Borough

Awarded: £50,000
Project: Place for Sport funding, together with contributions from the club itself, Bridgend County Borough Council and Bridgend Town Council, will enable the 300m track at Newbridge Fields to be replaced. The brand new track will be welcomed by club runners and community users alike. With a new wellness centre being built opposite, the track also offers huge referral potential for patients to access the track to improve their health and wellbeing. The new track will even feature the innovative inclusion of smart technology sensors which will allow runners to monitor their movement.

West Street Gymnastics Club, Swansea

Awarded: £17,600
Project: Having been at the heart of the community for 40 years, the club's facility in Gorseinon needs significant repairs. The leaky roof, window frames and outdated toilets will all be upgraded to create a modern centre which can be enjoyed by the club's members who are aged from three to 26, as well as local schools.

Hawthorn High School, Rhondda Cynon Taf

Awarded: £6,445
Project: New adjustable baskets which are suitable for all ages will support the school's ambition of expanding basketball opportunities among its pupils. The school is aiming to enter a team in the South Wales schools league, and the improved facilities will also be to the benefit of the Pontypridd Panthers Club and Basketball Wales who both use the school hall.

AB Boxing and Fitness CIC, Blaenau Gwent

Awarded: £12,000
Project: Built in the 1970s, the Brynmawr Community Centre badly needs some love and several repairs. And that's exactly what it will be given thanks to a Place for Sport grant which will enable the roof to be fixed, new showers to be installed, replacement windows and doors, as well as a new CCTV system. The renovation will help boxing, kickboxing, MMA, fitness classes and wrestling to flourish in the Rhymney Valley.

Glan Morfa Cycling Association (Marsh Track), Denbighshire

Awarded: £6,511
Project: Riders at the Marsh Track in Rhyl can look forward a brighter future thanks to funding which will help the club upgrade their dim floodlights to modern LED lighting. A better lit and safer environment will help to dramatically increase evening usage of the track.

Newport Live, Newport

Awarded: £30,102
Project: This funding will support the refurbishment and re-opening of the YMCA centre in Pillgwennly. The centre will be kitted out with modern equipment so that it can offer a community gym and exercise class programme, providing a much-welcomed health, fitness and wellbeing boost for one of the most deprived communities in Wales. 

Keri Mckibbin Personal Training Gym, Carmarthenshire

Awarded: £17,286
Project: The one-stop training gym in Burry Port is transforming its outdoor space into a new football/netball/basketball court, complete with the necessary posts, line painting, floodlighting and a professional surface. The gym also has plans for an outdoor rig for suspension trainers, monkey bars, rope climb and weight attachments.

Brickfield Rangers Football Club, Wrexham

Awarded: £18,720
Project: The purchase of new portable floodlights will enable the club to create a new floodlit training area which will be a massive boost for its junior, senior, girls, walking, vets and disability teams.

Snowsport Cymru Wales, Cardiff

Awarded: £24,510
Project: To help attract and retain new snowsport participants, Place for Sport funding will be used to help make some vital upgrades to the Cardiff Ski Centre in Fairwater. Installing a misting system will help to improve conditions during dry weather, while a magic carpet (travellator lift) in the beginners and novice area will provide a better experience for all learners.

Margam Park Adventure, Neath Port Talbot

Awarded: £5,154
Project: The purchase of six new trikes which can be ridden by people with disabilities as well as anyone who feels less comfortable riding a two-wheel bike. A storage container will also be bought for the trikes, which will complement the inclusive activities which are already offered in the country park such as canoeing and kayaking.

Welsh Cycling Union, Newport and Conwy

Awarded: £12,310
Project: Several accessible solo bikes and tandems, as well as a number of balance bikes, are being bought so that two para-cycling hubs can be established. One will be based at the Eirias Park athletics track in Colwyn Bay, while the other one will be in Newport where both the indoor velodrome and nearby athletics track will be used.

Rhondda Table Tennis Club, Rhondda Cynon Taf

Awarded: £728
Project: Funding is being used by the Tonypandy club to buy a new practice partner robot which will feed out balls with varying degrees of spin and speed to test players at all levels.

Brecon and District Amateur Swimming Club, Powys

Awarded: £3,528
Project: Dilapidated starting blocks, which have been in the pool for 25 years, are being replaced with new ones which will be beneficial for getting children familiar with the starting blocks they'll use in competitive swimming galas. The new blocks have an adjustable back so that they can be moved into the correct position to support all swimmers, including those with disabilities. This is of particular importance to the club as they have one member with cerebral palsy.

Read a full list of the 118 projects that have shared the £1m+ Place for Sport funding.