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Local team boosted by SwansAid kits

A local team of youngsters trained for the first time in their new kit provided for by SwansAid this week after winning the grant’s support last season.

Ynystawe FC’s U11, who train at Morriston Comprehensive School, applied for the kits last season as part of the SwansAid and were successful in doing so, receiving their kits this summer.

“It’s hard to get sponsors these days so it’s much appreciated,” said Jason Horner who coaches both the U7 and U11 teams. “The kids are absolutely buzzing wearing the kit with the Swans’ name on it.

“It was so easy to apply for the kits; there was just a basic form to fill in and it came through,” he continued. “It was perfect and I’d recommend any sports club, whether it be netball, cricket, football or rugby to apply to SwansAid. It’s been a big help to us.” 

As well as providing local teams and organisations with shirts and kits, SwansAid provides much needed funds twice a season from their own grant giving pot, in the form of a large grant of £10,000 as well as six smaller grants of £2,000, but whatever the amount, it’s all about helping out at a grassroots level. 

“This is what SwansAid is about,” said Lee Trundle, Swansea City AFC’s Club Ambassador who lent a helping hand at Ynystawe’s training session.

“It’s never been about just going to the bigger charities, it’s coming to programmes like this one.

“It’s great to watch the kids in their kit and it’s great to be a part of,” Trunds continued. “With finances these days, it’s hard for clubs like this to run. There’s a lot of sponsorship involved so providing clubs with kits takes the worry of getting a new kit out of their hands and the kids can just turn up in it and enjoy the football.”

Applications for the next round of SwansAid grants and kits will be announced soon so if you’re a sports club or organisation, no matter what sport it may be, that supports children, young people or disabled people to live active lives, keep your eyes peeled for news. 

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