£1m ‘Place for Sport’ fund launched to improve Wales’ sporting facilities

Sport Wales, in partnership with Welsh Government, has today (30 April 2019) launched a new fund, 'A Place for Sport', with up to £1m available for sports clubs and organisations across Wales.

The fund will support projects seeking to improve, protect or create new sporting facilities.

Applications are invited from community sport groups and can include things such as floodlights, new multi-sport surfaces, expansion or improvements to existing facilities, etc.  The detailed fund criteria can be found on the Sport Wales website.

Applications must be made online by 28 June 2019 and, importantly, the projects need to be completed by the end of March 2020.

Brian Davies, Director of Performance at Sport Wales said: "It's known that having the right facilities in the right place can have a big impact on a person's experience of sport and affects the likelihood of them participating on a regular basis. This fund will help sports clubs, organisations and facilities across Wales to create environments at the heart of our communities for participation, enjoyment and fulfilment."

"There should be a place for sport for everyone.  By applying to this fund, you could give your club or group the opportunity to create or enhance a facility that will have a lasting impact on new and existing participants for years to come."

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Sam Warburton OBE, former Wales and British & Irish Lions captain said: "I was fortunate enough to train with excellent facilities growing up in Cardiff. However, I know that not all sports or athletes are that lucky so it's important we improve the facilities across Wales to encourage the next generation to have fun and achieve their potential. I strongly urge anyone involved with grassroots facilities to apply to this new fund so that they can be developed and make a real difference to the whole community". Sam's first club was Rhiwbina Rugby Club and he's now an ambassador for the Cardiff Blues Community Foundation.

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The new capital fund for sports facilities in Wales demonstrates a firm commitment from the Welsh Government to help modernise sports facilities that support the vision for an active nation where everyone has lifelong enjoyment of sport.

Dafydd Elis -Thomas, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism said: "Modern, accessible and sustainable facilities are important if we are to encourage and support people of all ages to lead healthy and active lives.  I am delighted we have been able to identify some funding to create this new fund and I look forward to seeing some exciting applications.

"We know the positive impact sport can have on our health and wellbeing, whether it's as a participant, a volunteer or a spectator.  Sport also plays an important part in binding communities, giving young people aspiration, raising our international profile and creating economic benefits for Wales.  With this investment, we hope we will create a place for sport for more people."         

To apply for funding, please visit https://grants.sport.wales/en/login or if you have any specific questions about the fund, please call 0300 3003130.

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All awarded monies must be spent in full by the end of March 2020 - projects that cannot meet this time window should not be progressed any further. Applicants will need to clearly demonstrate what difference the requested grant will make, both in a quantitative and qualitative way.

Applications can be focused on the following project types:

  • Building works*;
  • Environmental efficiencies*;
  • Equipment;
  • Facility upgrade;
  • Floodlighting*;
  • Maintenance work;
  • Pitch works;
  • Playing areas;
  • Professional fees;
  • Replacement/resurface/repair;
  • Skateparks*;
  • Storage;
  • Other

*Those marked with an asterisk may well be liable to planning permission and/or building regulations. Although additional guidance on this is provided on-line, please be aware that projects of this nature usually take longer to deliver.

No revenue projects will be considered, other than relevant professional fees for building projects. There is no minimum or maximum award.

Funding Criteria

Applications will be tested against the following important principles:

  • The project is part of a strategic plan for the organisation.
  • Contributes to a local landscape of modern and fit-for-purpose facilities designed to increase participation in sport and physical activity.
  • Supports multi-sports provision at existing sites.
  • Supports the integration of services i.e.  'wider than sport/leisure'.
  • Is included in the Local Authority and / or NGB facility plans or has support from either or both bodies.
  • Supports provision within a deprived community - projects which seek to address acute issues around non-participation in communities or developments taking place in an area suffering from economic disadvantage would be considered a high priority.
  • Promotes equal opportunities, in particular for disabled people or under-represented groups.
  • Encourages family participation in sport and active recreation.
  • Due consideration for financial sustainability and, ideally, includes contributory funding.

 Applications will also be assessed against the aims of the scheme and need to demonstrate that they have considered:

  • What other local facilities are already available or planned.
  • Local need/demand to facilitate participation in sport and physical activity.
  • Collaboration - potential to share provision and/or co-locate services.
  • Environmental impact.