SwansAid funds set to benefit local sporting organisations
The second round of SwansAid winners for the 2016/17 season have this week been announced but what will the grants be spent on over the coming months?
Totalling more than £14,000, the funds have been awarded to four separate organisations and will be used to create new opportunities for young people or those with disabilities to participate in sport.
Since its inception back in 2013, SwansAid has donated over £130,000 worth of grants, which have helped an array of sports teams, community projects and organisations. From surfing to cycling and from football to gymnastics, a wide variety of different clubs have benefited in the past, and we take a closer look at what the current round of funding will be used for.
The Play and Leisure Opportunity Library
The Play and Leisure Opportunity Library have been awarded a £10,000 grant that will be used to fund equipment to support positive skills acquisition in children with disabilities.
Helping to regulate their sensory system so as to achieve functional movement and empower the children to participate in more physical activity, the grant is a huge boost for the organisation.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” said Judy Lynch, their Project Leader. “We cannot thank you all enough. We will be able to offer a unique service to our members and a service that meets profound and multiple needs of our members.
“This will benefit our members by providing a unique opportunity to reach their potential and develop their skills through activity,” she added.
Bonymaen Kids Play Initiative
Winning a grant of £475, Bonymaen Kids Play Initiative will use their funds to purchase sport and activity equipment for their various year round clubs.
“We provide good quality, affordable play and childcare facilities for the children and parents of Bonymaen,” explained Adam Bendle, one of the Initiative’s playworkers.
“The funding will be used to purchase new equipment for the children to play with during the Summer Playscheme and after school club sessions in the next academic year.
“This grant will come as a huge relief to BKPI as currently all the money the kids pay to attend the sessions going towards the running cost of the club. This means that a lot of the equipment and toys in need of replacing or updating.”
215 City of Swansea Squadron Royal Air Force Cadets
Awarded a grant worth £2,000, the Air Cadets will put the money towards the purchase of equipment for their young members who are looking to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Award with the Squadron.
“The cadets have the opportunity to take part in flying, gliding, shooting, climbing, kayaking, archery, cycling, BTEC Awards, DOE Awards, football, rugby, hockey, athletics, swimming and countless other activities to enhance their personal experiences and achieve their individual potential,” said Squadron Leader Phill Flower.
“The funds will help provide 16 cycle trailers, waterproof jackets and helmets for Cadets aged between 14 and 15 to complete their Duke of Edinburgh Award,” he continued.
This equipment will directly benefit 90 young people from Swansea who are aiming to complete their Bronze Award, not to mention future Cadets looking to do the same.
Penlan RFC Juniors
Reformed four years ago with just six initial children, Penlan RFC Juniors has since grown and now gives numerous children in the area the opportunity to get involved in rugby and a grant of £1999.29 will help them to continue this growth.
“There are now around 100 children participating,” explained Mike Rush, the club’s Junior Secretary. “We can not rely on funds from parents to purchase much needed equipment for the children to use so we will use this to purchase new equipment so that teams are not having to share ball and equipment.
“We are also rapidly growing our junior section and we therefore need to ensure that we have sufficiently trained coaches to meet the requirements of the new teams being created each year and to develop the knowledge of current coaches as the teams move up the age groups.
“It will allow us to reach out to so many more children in the area and offer them the opportunity to experience the benefits that everyone involved in rugby has experienced.”
To find out more about SwansAid, please email Helen@scfccommunitytrust.co.uk