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Community Skatepark receives SwansAid grant

The Community Trust presented a winner of the previous round of SwansAid applications with their cheque at a local skate park this week.

The Community Urban Skills Project, organised at Swansea’s Exist Skate Park, applied for, and won a grant of £2,000 with the aim of developing their outreach project.

Running sessions for beginners, under 10s and under 12s, The Community Urban Skills Project aims to promote active and healthy lifestyles amongst young people in the city.

“We set it up four years ago because no one else was doing anything for the kids and they were all skating on the streets,” explained Richard Cartwright, who owns Exist Skatepark.

“The facilities in Swansea weren’t good enough so we took it upon ourselves to build something.”

Using the grant to purchase skateboards, scooters and safety gear, the Urban Skills Project now has the facilities and equipment to increase the participation in its youth sessions.

“The grant has made a massive difference and it means that more kids can get involved as we have more hardware for them to use,” Richard continued.

The winning project demonstrates how SwansAid aims to help any sports organisation or charity that supports young or disabled people, and not just football.

“No matter the sport, whether it’s football, table tennis or skateboarding, SwansAid wants to help,” said Linden Jones, the Community Trust’s Manager. “We urge any sporting charity or organisation, to apply for funding and kits.”

So whether the need is for skateboards and scooters, bibs and balls, or circus equipment, check to see whether you are eligible, and apply here!

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