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Baglan Boys and Girls Club presented with £10,000

The Community Trust last night presented Baglan Boys and Girls Club with their SwansAid cheque for £10,000.

Winning the grant last April, the Club have used the funds to replace an old and unsafe astroturf with a new 3G surface and they couldn’t be happier about it.

“When we found out that the money came through, we were over the moon,” exclaimed David Charles, one of the dedicated volunteers who helps coach the teams. “A new pitch was really due! We had our old astroturf for about 20 years and if it rained, we couldn’t play on it because the kids would slide and hurt themselves on it.”

The Club, who train at Evans Bevans Fields in Port Talbot, installed their new pitch three weeks ago, just in time for the new season. Since then, participation has increased across all of their age groups.

“The pitch has been down three weeks now and in those three weeks, every side is now at full capacity and we’re looking to take on board more coaches so that we can get even more kids involved,” he continued.

Before applying for a SwansAid grant, the Boys and Girls Club had already raised much of the funding themselves in a variety of ways, including fetes and opening a café selling cakes. The Community Trust therefore provided them with the final piece of investment to enable them to complete the project.

Testing out the new surface, and presenting the cheque, was Club Ambassador, Lee Trundle who showed off his skills and gave the young players tips on their game for the current season.

Previously, teams were being turned away due to the hazardous nature of the pitch, but now it has been completed, it is in full use all week.

If your club, organisation or charity supports young of disabled people in sport, and you need funding, check your eligibility and apply for grants of either £10,000 or £2,000 here!

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