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Emergency funding of £400,000 for community sport in Wales

Source:  Press Release issued by Welsh Government and Sport Wales

Emergency funding of £400,000 for community sport in Wales has been announced by Welsh Government and Sport Wales.

Welsh Government has confirmed they are making £200,000 available to provide support to not-for-profit sports clubs. This is being match-funded with £200,000 from Sport Wales.

The impact of the Coronavirus comes just weeks after many clubs in Wales were severely damaged by flooding caused by storms Dennis and Ciara.

“It really is an unprecedented time for everyone and we’re acutely aware of the challenges to Wales’ sporting infrastructure,” said Sport Wales Acting CEO, Brian Davies.

“We’re really grateful to Welsh Government for this additional funding – it really will be a lifeline for community clubs.

Emergency funding for community sport in Wales

“Our staff are working hard to set up an application process for the Emergency Relief Fund that enables us to provide funding as quickly as possible to those who need it most.

“Given the enormity of the current crisis, we anticipate receiving a significant number of applications, and we’ll need to direct funds to where they are most needed.” 

Sport Wales and Welsh Government have worked together to identify an initial fund of up to £8.1million in addition to the Emergency Relief Fund. This will be used to support sports clubs and our well-established partner networks who are so vital in ensuring the nation is able to remain active and enjoy all the health and wellbeing benefits that sport brings. Sport Wales will continue to seek the views of the sector to shape further requirements and ensure that this fund complements the other support programmes available from the Welsh Government.

Davies added:
“We’re also working through other sources of funding and support so that we maximise the help we can give.  It’s a quickly changing situation and we are communicating with our partners and clubs as much as possible. We have already identified an initial fund of up to £8.1million which will allow us to continue to support our partners beyond the Emergency Relief Fund. We will be working closely with our partners over the coming weeks to determine together how best to utilise the fund to support sport in Wales.”

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Tweet Friday 3rd April 2020

Lockdown Orienteering Easter Championships - Competitions On Your Sofa

Orienteering is cancelled in the UK for some time to come. That includes the JK, Britain's biggest annual orienteering competition which takes places over Easter. To help soften this blow GB Squad member Chris Smithard has created a virtual orienteering competition - The Lockdown Orienteering Easter Championships. Comprising of 12 challenges over the weekend to test many of the different skills involved with orienteering like routechoice and map memory as well as races using the orienteering computer game Catching Features. At the end of the weekend an overall winner will be crowned.

There will also be JK inspired challenges during the weekend with links to classic JK races over the competitions 50 year history.

If you're up for the challenge or want to find out more please visit:  lockdownorienteering.com/

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Tweet Thursday 2nd April 2020

Have you incurred losses as a club as a result of COVID 19? (England only)

Sport England has launched a new fund to help community sport and physical activity organisations who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The fund has been developed to help community sport and physical activity organisations meet their obligations, in particular fixed costs, which are no longer supported with revenue as a result of coronavirus. This might cover expenditure on:

•            Retrospective losses dating from 1 March, 2020.

Further details can be found here.

New fund launched
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Tweet Tuesday 25th July 2017

Seventh Place for Ralph Street at the World Games

Day 1 of the World Games in Wroclaw, Poland and Ralph Street was top Brit taking seventh place in the sprint race. It was incredibly close for the placings around Ralph with 0.4 separating 5th to 8th. Ralph was delighted finishing in his highest position ever in a senior international sprint race.

Peter Hodkinson finished in a very creditable 12th place.

Peter said after the race: "I'm quite happy with my race. I pushed hard from the start, which set me up well for the race although it did hurt a lot at the end! I made one mistake, taking the wrong alley in the main square, which I think cost me a top 10 position, but I'm pleased with a good result nonetheless. I think I've made good progress this year and would certainly have taken 13th at WOC and 12th at World Games if I'd been offered them at the start of the year. I'm confident I can get a top 10 next year."

Mens
1st Jerker Lysell Sweden
2nd Yannick Michiels Belgium
3rd Matthias Kyburz Switzerland
7th Ralph Street Great Britain
12th Peter Hodkinson Great Britain
Peter Hodkinson in action 
Ralph happy with his result
Ralph Street in action

In the Women’s race, it was a first World Games experience for Megan Carter Davies after her World Championships debut this year. Megan finished up in 17th place and said afterwards:  "It was a decent run and I am quite happy with it. The course was straightforward but I was tiring towards the end and slowing down going in and out of controls"

Tessa Strain finished in 22nd place. Tessa said after the race that "unfortunately, a mistake in the first half of the race meant she didn’t get the result she was hoping for. The rest of the course outside of the mistake went well for her."

Womens
1st Maja Alm Denmark
2nd Elena Roos Switzerland
3rd Lina Strand Sweden
17th Megan Carter Davies Great Britain
22nd Tessa Strain Great Britain

The full results can be found here.

Well done to all athletes today. The series of three races continues with the Middle Distance tomorrow.

Megan Carter-Davies in action 
Tessa Strain sprinting towards the finish
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