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Llynfi Valley sports clubs receive funding boost

16 August 2016


More than £10,000 is to be invested into grass roots sport in the Llynfi Valley thanks to the Community Chest scheme.

Managed locally by Bridgend County Borough Council and agreed by a panel of volunteers with support from Sport Wales and National Lottery funding, the Community Chest scheme provides up to £1,500 in grant funding to help sports clubs and organisations get more people taking part in sport and physical activity.

The Llynfi Valley is a key area of focus for improving for health and wellbeing after Public Health Wales reported that people living in the area have approximately 20 years less healthy life expectancy compared to the rest of Bridgend County Borough.

The Community Chest funding will support the objectives of the Llynfi 20 project, led by BAVO (Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations) and partners such as Bridgend County Borough Council to raise awareness of how people can help improve their own health and wellbeing.

The area has already seen £205,526 of Community Chest funding since the scheme began in 1999, which has been awarded to help develop 25 sports and activities in the area.

Bridgend County Borough Council Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Phillip White said: “We are delighted to see a large number of sports clubs in the Llynfi Valley being awarded this much-needed funding.

“We hope this will provide more opportunities for people to participate in physical activities within their local area and help the clubs to promote themselves, engage with local people and gain new members.

“We also anticipate the funding will help tackle some of the areas of concern addressed within the Llynfi 20 project.”

For more information about the Community Chest scheme, or to apply for funding, visit the ‘Funding & Support’ pages at www.sportwales.org.uk. For support with completing your application contact Andrew Jones at Bridgend County Borough Council on 01656 642745 or email andrew.jones2@bridgend.gov.uk

To read more about the Llynfi 20 project visit www.bavo.org.uk

Last Updated: 26/08/2016
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