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Funding still up for grabs for Swansea sports clubs

Time is running out for sports clubs and community organisations to apply for funding that could help cover the costs of things like new equipment or development courses for coaches.

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With a deadline of Tuesday November 28 now fast-approaching for applications, thousands of pounds worth of Communities Chest funding is still up for grabs.

A Sport Wales grant aid scheme funded by the National Lottery, Communities Chest funding is aimed at supporting individuals, clubs, teams or organisations to help create a more active Wales.

Under the annual scheme, a maximum of £1,500 is available for each club or organisation that makes a successful application.

Bonymaen RFC and Mumbles Lifeguard Club are among the organisations to have benefitted from Communities Chest funding in recent months. The funding helped Bonymaen RFC send some of their coaches on Welsh Rugby Union courses to improve their skills, with Mumbles Lifeguard Club using the money to buy equipment to help with the training of young lifeguards.

Nia Parry, from Swansea Council's sport and health team, said: "Many sports clubs and community organisations across Swansea have benefitted from Communities Chest grants over the years, but the deadline is now approaching for applications to benefit from the current batch of funding, with thousands of pounds still available. 

"I'd urge any sports club or community organisation that could benefit from this funding to get in touch as soon as possible to ensure they don't miss out on money that could be put to so much good use.

"Helping encourage more people to get active more often, this funding can boost sports clubs and community organisations by covering the costs of new equipment and the development of coaches, for example, which often leads to a higher profile, an improved experience for existing members and a better chance of attracting new members."

Swansea Gymnastics Centre has also recently benefitted from Communities Chest funding, which covered the costs of specialist coaching. Communities Chest funding also enabled the Talking Hands Children and Young People's Service to buy play equipment, which is helping deaf and hard of hearing children in Swansea take part in sport and physical activity.

Communities Chest applications can be made online in the funding and support section of the Sport Wales website. Anyone who needs further information or help in filling out an application is asked to contact Nia Parry at Swansea Council on or 01792 635452.

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