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.



Farewell to Ron & Linda!



SportsAid Cymru Wales and personalities from across a wide spectrum of life in Walespaid tribute to the charity’s Executive Director Ron Jones and his wife Linda, SACW’s administrator, who stood down after playing a major role in promoting Welsh sporting talent over the last 27 years.


The couple chose a SACW fund-raising lunch at the Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff, to bring down the curtain on a hugely successful period at the helm of this unique charity.

Speaker after speaker expressed gratitude to Ron and Linda for the massive contribution they have made, raising funds and working very closely with sponsors, the governing bodies of around 35 sports in Wales and with Sport Wales, our national body – all aimed at providing opportunities for promising youngsters.


Also ‘breasting the finishing tape’ was SACW’s long-serving treasurer, David Lloyd – see http://www.sportsaidwales.cymru/about-us/who-s-who/ for more.    


Goodbye - and thanks! Pictured at the event are, from back left, SACW Vice-President Ian Waters, Bill Hitt, author and broadcaster Carolyn Hitt, Jayne Morgans, Linda Jones, Director Nick Warr; front, former Wales rugby international David Evans, Roy Noble, Ron Jones, Kim Howells and Brian Davies, Director of Elite Performance at Sport Wales. 


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.








Megan Bamsey - Shooting


"At the start of August 2019 I represented Wales in the GB Junior Internationals in Surrey, against teams from Denmark and South Africa, among others. I placed 5th in my individual final out of the top eight competitors, 4th in my Grand Prix match and a Bronze in the mixed pairs match with my partner Dylan Hughes."


In June 2019, SACW grantee Megan became the West Midlands Overall 10m Air Rifle Champion (as well as the U-21 Champion and winning a hatful of gold medals) after a brilliant performance in the Open Regional Championships at Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton.


Megan was only 0.1 off her personal best total for 14 months. A little earlier in the month she gained experience by competing in the Welsh 50m .22 Rifle Open at Tondu and looks well-placed for a great future in the sport.


Megan said "Many thanks to SACW for the grant; I have put it towards purchasing ammunition and cleaning equipment for my rifle and the entry fee for the Welsh Open Championships in the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff in October."

Holly Devall – Judo


If 2020 was, for so many sportspeople, a year of training without getting the chance to perform, then it was good for SportsAid-supported judoka Holly Devall that she racked up some notable success in 2019!

Holly (second left) with her Commonwealth Championship Gold


Three weeks after securing a bronze medal at the Heart of England u18 Judo Championships in September, Holly won Gold against tough competition at the Commonwealth Championships in Walsall, finishing the year with yet more Golds at the Welsh Closed U18 and U21 and at the British Cadet Championships in Sheffield.


Holly, of Miskin, said “Thanks very much for the Sports Aid grant, I really appreciate it. Thanks to the grant I will be able to buy new judo kit and pay for training camps once judo starts up again. I'm very thankful for all that Sport Aid has done for me as judo is a very expensive sport. Normally I train 5 days a week and compete on weekends or have training camps every couple of months so this really helps me financially.”


And that, in a nutshell, is what SportsAid Cymru Wales is all about! 

Finlay Yates-Jones - Canoeing


Finlay's determination to get to the top in his sport is reflected in his face as he battles a maelstrom of white water. Finlay, aged 17, from Llandysul, is the GB Junior no.3. His mum, Clare, said "We are ever so grateful for the SportsAid Cymru Wales grant - it will make a huge difference to us and will go towards funding his races over the summer (2019). He is competing in the senior selection event next weekend alongside Olympic Gold medallist Joe Clarke!"


"Finlay is only able to commit fully to the sport with the help and support of SportsAid Wales, Sport Wales and grass roots support from Llandysul Paddlers and Canoe Wales." 

Zac Essenhigh - Tennis & Cricket!


Introducing Zac Essenhigh, a 14-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-final.


Zac (right) is pictured with the rest of the U14 Wales tennis team at the 4 Home Nations 2019 championships  in Wrexham. His team won their event, helping Wales to take the overall title across all age groups. The team comprised (from left) Elina Pickerd-Barua (another SACW grant recipient!), Sofia Chivers, Claire Powell, Alexander Bradley Glinister and Zac. (Kara Beth Photography)


However, Zac is also a star cricketer. He had a great cricket season with Wales U14s,  U15s & U17s, also playing for Glamorgan Senior Academy, despite his tender years! Last season he played over 40 matches for Penarth CC, his County and the Vale of Glamorgan and for Wales at under 13,  14 and 15 levels. He has been the Wales Captain for the last three years, Player of the Year for Wales for the two previous 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. In 2018/2019, Beth has been throwing around the 48.80 mark at events in Loughborough and Liverpool.


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 !