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SwansAid to present grants

With the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League now well underway, the Swans are back in action, but so is SwansAid, with the latest round of winners set to be presented with their funds this Autumn.

The latest round, chosen in April, saw the Trust award £10,000 to Baglan Boys and Girls Club, as well as the remaining grants of up to £2,000 to the Community Urban Skills Project, Penlan Table Tennis, Penllergaer Primary PTA, Swansea Young Single Homeless Project (SYSHP), The Hill Community Development Trust and the West Wales Pan Disability Football League.

SwansAid, the Clubs’ grant giving pot, kicked off in September 2013, and has since distributed almost £100,000 to a variety of charities and community organisations across South West Wales.

Each season, SwansAid awards one large grant of £10,000 along with six smaller grants, as well as sets of kits for children and young people’s community sporting clubs. These grants are to be given to the winning groups over the coming weeks starting with the Penlan Table Tennis club on September 20th.

The aim of these grants is to support organisations that support children, young or disabled people, and this round will see the funds being used for a range of different projects and equipment.

Baglan Boys and Girls Club’s old and unsafe astroturf will be replaced with a new 3G surface; the Urban Skills Project will purchase new skateboards and scooters; and Penllergaer Primary will create a fitness trail for the whole community to use.

In addition to these organisations, the SwansAid funds will go towards new high quality table tennis tables and a new ball delivery robot in Penlan, the provision of activities aiming to improve fitness, self-esteem and motivation of the young people who use SYSHP’s services, a pilot project in the Townhill area offering a programme of sporting activities to engage with young people, as well as goals and balls to increase the participation in the West Wales Pan Disability League.

“Swansea City Football Club is very much a community focussed Club,” said Helen Elton, the Assistant Head of Community for the Trust.

“We know that local small Clubs and charities are struggling and SwansAid is one way we can help out. I would encourage anyone who works with children, young people or people with disabilities to check the guidance on the website and see whether their groups could benefit from SwansAid support,” she continued.

Whether the need is for balls or bibs, skateboards or scooters, SwansAid aims to help a variety of different charities and organisations, not just football, and the next round of applications open on September 19th when the Swans take on Everton in the Premier League.

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