A Ceredigion sports fund that gives grants to clubs in Ceredigion has given out £1m in grants since it started 20 years ago.

The Ceredigion Community Chest has been giving grants to organisations who want to get more people active, more often. In the December meeting of the panel, the total value of grants given out to community clubs surpassed £1m.

11 applications were successful obtaining a Community Chest grant. One of these was The Mighty Ducks Disability Sports Club in Aberystwyth. The grant awarded to the club will allow them to buy LED Sensory Lights for use in developing agility, balance and co-ordination for special needs children. More than 40 children will benefit from this exciting addition.

Cardigan Swimming Pool will use grant money to buy Easy Access Steps. This will help the many older and disabled swimmers who find it difficult to enter and exit the water. Over 300 people will benefit from the new steps.

Aberaeron Kung Fu Club were successful in applying for new sparring equipment which will be used by adults and children.

Councillor Catrin Miles is the Cabinet member responsible for Leisure Services. She said, “Community sports clubs in Ceredigion are run by dedicated people who give up their time for community benefit. Most clubs will not be able to have the financial backing needed to carry out many updates in equipment, coaching or resources. That’s where the Community Chest comes in. To have given grants surpassing £1m is something to be proud of. The Ceredigion Community Chest has played an important role in the vitality of sports in the county, and long may it continue.”

Wendy Davies is the Chair of the Ceredigion Community Chest. She said “I’m so proud of the work this panel and what the grants have done within our communities. Over the 20 years we have seen applications ranging from Archery to Zumba and everything in between.

“Our clubs have really benefited and have developed into strong social meeting places with physical activity been the common denominator. I would like to thank Ceredigion County Council and Sport Wales in making this partnership a success and long may it continue, we look forward to the next 20 years!”

The grants have allowed hundreds of new coaches and referees to qualify and for essential equipment of all kinds to be bought by voluntary clubs.