SwansAid funds crucial for Disability League
SwansAid funds have proved crucial for the West Wales Pan Disability League this season allowing them to keep running their tournaments.
Split into one large grant of £10,000 and smaller grants of £2,000, SwansAid funding has achieved positive results throughout the communities of South West Wales and the Pan Disability League are no different.
Given a grant totalling £2,000, SwansAid has enabled the league to continue to hold their monthly festivals that attract up to 120 players from seven registered clubs and Trunds popped in to see the positive impact its having.
“Without the funding, we wouldn’t have been able to run most of the festivals this year, especially those held on grass pitches,” explained the League Secretary, Lyn Brodick. “The funds allowed us to buy portable goals, and because we go from venue to venue, without these, the festivals wouldn’t have been able to go ahead.
“We also need specific balls for outdoor use, so having that support has been fundamental to the league,” he continued.
As well as this, the SwansAid grant will enable the league to increase its reach and provide more disabled footballers a chance to play the sport that they love.
“Hopefully, we’ll invest some more in January to develop new, younger sections mainly in Neath Port Talbot,” the B Licence coach continued.
“In that area, there are a lot of SEN category players that haven’t had access football. We’d like to create a new club there to feed into the league,” Lyn finished.
Since its inception in 2013, SwansAid has distributed almost £100,000 to a variety of charities and community organisations like the West Wales Pan Disability League. With the aim of supporting and encouraging children, as well as young and disabled people, to lead active lives, the grants are given out twice a season.
SwansAid applications are currently closed with the winners of the grants and kits to be announced soon, so stay tuned.