£2.35m injection to drive Welsh sport numbers
Girl Guiding Cymru and Brecon Beacons National Park are among
ten projects to secure £2.35m from Sport Wales to boost sports
participation in Wales.
And nearly £700,000 will be invested in StreetGames Wales to
increase sport participation in deprived communities.
Last year, as part of the community legacy of the Commonwealth
Games, Sport Wales launched a Calls4Action grant scheme at tackling
inequalities in sport participation in Wales.
Backed by striking research on those people not currently taking
part in sport, the call went out for bold, new approaches that
could help bridge the gaps in participation that have plagued
Individuals, groups and organisations were invited to bid for a
share of the £3m of National Lottery funding. The remit was to take
positive action to encourage more young women and girls to play
sport, as well as more people with disabilities, more children from
deprived communities and from BME backgrounds.
After hundreds of enquiries and formal applications, ten
organisations have been successful in securing £2.35m towards £3.6m
worth of projects. They are:
- Girl Guiding Cymru (national project) - £240,439
- Street Football Wales (national project) - £198,875
- StreetGames Wales (national project) - £690,000
- Welsh Cycling (national project) - £249,342
- Brecon Beacons National Park - £66,798
- RCT Homes - £500,000
- Bridgend County Borough Council - £70,000
- Time to Change Wales (national project) - £104,000
- Cricket Wales (Cardiff-based) - £70,818
- Welsh Gymnastics (Cardiff-based) - £157,089
Each organisation has also committed to invest their own funding
and resources into each project - making a total project value of
One additional project is finalising a business case to secure
Adele Baumgardt, Vice-Chair of Sport Wales said;
"We have an unshakeable commitment to tackle inequality
in Welsh sport. We know it's not just a Welsh issue but we will not
sit back and accept it because sport should be for everyone,
regardless of their background.
"We have looked hard at how we get the maximum returns
for the investment we are making. The plans set out targets to
engage more than 35,000 participants, which is an exciting figure
for us that will help reduce the gaps in participation that have
stubbornly refused to narrow.
"A key consideration for us was the infrastructure we
could put in place for long-term benefit. Estimates that around
1,700 leaders, coaches and volunteers will be recruited and trained
to deliver sessions will provide a lasting legacy of the investment
we are making."
Jackie O'Sullivan of National Lottery Good Causes said:
"Calls4Action is an exciting project because it will get
right to the heart of communities across Wales.
"National Lottery funding supported Wales' athletes to a
record medal haul at the Commonwealth Games and will follow that up
by helping thousands of people make the life-changing decision to
get involved in sport and physical activity.
"It is because of National Lottery players that such a
difference can be made in Welsh sport from the very grassroots to
gold medal winners."
The 10 projects:
- Girl Guiding Cymru (national project) -£240,439
A new focus on physical literacy, sport, and outdoor activity
within the organisation's core activities will hit up to 18,000
participants and help improve the ability, confidence and enjoyment
of sport for women and young girls.
- Street Football Wales (national project) -£198,875
Using sport to improve the lives of socially disadvantaged
females, the project will hit around 600 socially excluded females
and help more than 100 gain new qualifications.
- StreetGames Wales (national project) -£690,000
Establishing an 'Us Girls' movement across Wales targeting
females aged 13-19 in Communities First clusters will engage nearly
5,000 participants, with around 500 coaches, leaders and
- Welsh Cycling (national project) -£249,342
The 'She Cycle's Wales ' project will hit Wales focusing on
developing local 'Breeze Champions' - ladies who volunteer to
organise fun, social, led bike rides for women in their local
area. The Champions are trained and supported to lead rides
which go at a pace that suits everyone.
- Brecon Beacons National Park -£66,798
Geocatching will be used to engage young people living in
poverty through adventurous activity and recreation in the natural
environment. It will be focused in Powys, RCT, Torfaen,
Merthyr Tydfil and Blaenau Gwent.
With the help of partners including Cardiff City Foundation and
Swansea City Community Trust, the Ziggies project is a peer-led
approach for the development of physical literacy amongst
parents/carers and their children aged between 3-8yrs in
- Bridgend County Borough Council -£70,000
Building a strong disability sport network will aim to change
the way sporting opportunities for people with disabilities are
sustained and embedded in the community.
- Time to Change Wales (national project) -£104,000
Four football clubs will help deliver new football participation
programmes for people with mental health problems or illness,
supported by training and local campaigns on mental health
- Cricket Wales (Cardiff-based) - £70,818
The project will help make cricket more accessible for Black and
Minority Ethnic (BME) communities in Cardiff and create a thriving
BME cricket network capable of increasing and sustaining
participation in cricket.
- Welsh Gymnastics (Cardiff-based) -£157,089
Will develop a sustainable women and girls' only gymnastics club
in the Butetown area of Cardiff with the main focus on ethnic
minority females. The club will be run by the community for the
community with support of Welsh Gymnastics and Diverse