Partnerships Key to Healthy and Active Fund

More than 150 partners will be involved in the £5.4million programme to get more people in Wales healthy and active.

A lead partner will provide the direction for the 17 projects announced today - co-ordinating activity as part of each three-year programme.

But that's just scratching the surface of the network of organisations coming together to bring each of the projects to life.

Bringing different expertise and experience to the table, the 150 will help to engage people in Welsh communities spanning different generations and backgrounds.

Among the partners include seven national governing of sport, as well as BME Sport Cymru, the Welsh Sports Association, Valleys Gymnastics Academy, Newport County, Glamorgan Cricket Club and Cardiff City FC Community Foundation.

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At the 'Healthy Body - Healthy Mind' project led by Women Connect First - the venue of the Healthy and Active Fund's official announcement - key partners will include Welsh Triathlon and Cricket Wales as they aim to get at least 400 BME women and their families regularly active.

Sport Wales Director of Community Engagement, Graham Williams commented: 

"The level of interest in the Healthy and Active Fund was very encouraging, with the quality of the applications extremely high, which made it a very competitive process. 

"The level of the networks that will be created really does open up new opportunities for us within sport to reach people who aren't currently engaging in any activity.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the projects come to life and providing people across Wales with the opportunity to adopt healthier lifestyles through activities that will improve their physical and mental wellbeing."