What we do

SportsAid Cymru Wales is the successor organisation to two formerly separate, but closely linked, charitable bodies, the Welsh Sports Aid Trust and Welsh Sports Aid Foundation.


The bodies were set up in 1985 in direct response to a problem which affects many promising young sportspeople to this day - how to manage the constantly-rising costs of competing, whether it is travelling, accommodation, equipment, training facilities or kit etc.


Exceptional performance in sport calls for many personal sacrifices by those involved. We all take pride in the achievements of our Welsh sporting representatives and it is hugely disappointing when talented youngsters have to drop out because of the financial burden on them or, very often, their parents.


When our star performers progress to the international stage they may well be able to take advantage of elite-level sporting sponsorships and support schemes. But at the beginning of their careers it is only SportsAid Cymru Wales that offers a helping hand that could make all the difference. That is why the backing of our community is so important.


SportsAid Cymru Wales works closely with Sport Wales www.sportwales.org.uk and UK-wide SportsAid www.sportsaid.org.uk  


Thanks to the ongoing generosity of organisations and individuals, the charity has maintained its proud record of assistance for more than 30 years.





SportsAid Cymru Wales - Set in Stone!


Permanent evidence of the tremendous support for SportsAid Cymru Wales down the years by leading businesses and organisations can be seen next to the giant sea locks on the spectacular Cardiff Bay Barrage.


Before the £200 million Barrage opened to the public in 1999, SACW was the only organisation to be granted special permission to stage a sponsored walk across the new link between Cardiff and Penarth. This slate plaque was unveiled by the then Secretary of State for Wales - and subsequent First Minister for Wales - the Rt.Hon.Alun Michael MP AM.









Zac Essenhigh - Tennis & Cricket!


Introducing Zac Essenhigh, a 13-year-old Penarth schoolboy, who is making his mark on the national and local stage in both tennis and cricket.


Zac has been consistently at or around the top 10 of UK tennis players in his age group for the last few years. His long list of achievements includes the Cardiff 14&U Open Boys Doubles title, the final of the Cardiff 14&U Open Boys Singles and even the Cardiff 16&U Open 

Boys Singles semi-fina,l narrowly losing in a third set tie-break.


Cardiff Summer Open Grade 3 14&U Boys Doubles Event Winner & Boys Singles Event RU; Sherbourne Summer Grade 4 18&U Boys Singles Event Winner; Cheslyn Hay Summer Grade 4 18&U Boys Singles Event Winner

Team XL Academy qualifying wins (has won all his singles & doubles matches) helping the Boys 14&U Team reach the UK National finals at Roehampton. Sherbourne Easter Grade 4 16&U Boys Singles & Doubles Winner; Knights Redditch Easter Grade 4 16&U Boys Singles & Doubles Winner 


However, Zac is also a star cricketer. He has played over 40 matches this season for his club Penarth CC, his County - Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan and for Wales at under 13, under 14 and under 15 levels. He has been the Wales Captain for the last three years, Player of the Year for Wales for 2 years running and one of the top run scorers and wicket takers as an all-rounder.


Zac's dad, Mark, said "A big thank you from Zac for your support in his sporting pursuits for this year. It is very much appreciated!" 


Bethany Moule - Javelin


"Thank you very much SportsAid Cymru Wales for your generous grant which will help immensely with travelling and equipment costs for the 2018 season.


"I've had a fantastic start to the season; in my first competition, in Swansea, I threw a new U17 Welsh record of 52.91m, well in excess of my expectations!"

Emily Davies - Canoe Slalom


Congratulations to SACW athlete,19-year-old Emily Davies from Flintshire, who powered her way through a challenging course to take top spot in the Senior C1 category in an international slalom competition at Mezzana, Italy, July 2017. Good luck

in the upcoming British Canoeing Sprint Regatta and Slalom event at Holme Pierrepoint Country Park, Nottingham!


Beth Rees - Javelin


One of Welsh athletics’ most exciting prospects is javelin thrower Beth Rees, currently ranked GB No. 1 at U20. Beth burst on to the senior international scene on her debut for Wales in 2016 at Loughborough, when she beat four of the UK's best senior throwers - including Olympic champion Jess Ennis-Hill!

Stafford-based Beth, a SACW grant recipient, was unbeaten in her own age group 2016 with a best throw of 50.64 metres. With the heavier 600g senior javelin, she threw 46.80 in Leiria, Portugal, July 2016 and has been praised by her coach Mark Pinner (also the Welsh squad coach) for her dedication in training. Beth was invited to the British Athletics Team Trials in Birmingham July 2017.


Beth said “Thank you so much SportsAid Cymru Wales for the Grant, it is greatly appreciated and will go a long way in helping my successes this season, as competition and training costs coupled with equipment costs get greater every year.”


Proud parents Dai and Julie Rees added their thanks.  “Javelin is such an expensive discipline - the javelins cost a small fortune and the footwear is so specialist at £150 a pair. We are more than happy to spend whatever is needed to enable Beth to compete at the highest possible levels, but support such as yours helps immeasurably.”




Jess Lovell - Wakeboarding


“I was so excited and happy to receive your letter this last week for my grant towards coaching and equipment for my wakeboarding this year. I am probably going to use most of it on coaching to help progress my tricks.


"I am really looking forward to this season and I have already been to Turkey for a week to get some 'winter' training in - it was really fun!


"Because of my A-level exams I think my first competition this year will be the Nationals which are being held in June at 'Liquid Leisure' which is in Datchet. After that I will be riding nearly every weekend and there will be competitions right through to September. Thanks once again for supporting me - I feel really privileged to have received this grant!” Jess Lovell


See Jess in action at the 2017 Hipnotics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_dQJ2fsVgY


See more news on SACW competitors under the 'Athletes & Awards' tab !