SportsAid Cymru Wales
SportsAid Cymru Wales is delighted to announce that the Rt Hon Kim Howells, one of Britain's best known political figures, has been appointed President of the charity (2017) taking over from Lord Kinnock, who has stood down after six years in the post.
SACW Director Ron Jones said "On behalf of the Board of Directors of SACW, we are delighted that Kim has accepted our invitation to take over the reins as President from Neil.
"Kim is a lover of sport and passionate about Welsh youngsters being given every opportunity and encouragement to shine on a bigger stage, whatever their pursuits. We would add our thanks to Neil for his contribution over the years."
Chairman - Mark Oliver
Mark is Director of Business Services at award-winning gas pipeline Wales & West Utilities, main sponsor of SportsAid Cyrmu Wales. A former Wales youth rugby player, Mark made his debut for Newbridge RFC on his 18th birthday against a Pontypool team containing some of the legends of the game - Price, Windsor, Faulkner, Squire, Butler, Perkins and Cobner. He played 100 games for Newbridge RFC and Crawshays until injury forced a premature end to a promising career. Mark said “Sport – whether team or individual - is one of the ways that Wales expresses itself as a nation. It is a privilege to be able to help encourage and support future talent.”
Executive Director - Ron Jones MBE
(Retired October 2019)
One of Wales’ greatest athletes, sprinter Ron competed in three Olympic Games, Rome 1960, Tokyo 1964 and Mexico 1968. He had the honour of captaining the British team in Mexico. He also represented Wales in four Commonwealth Games. In 1963, Ron was part of the GB team which equalled the world record in the 4X100 relay at the White City, London. He subsequently enjoyed a successful career as chief executive at QPR, Portsmouth and Cardiff City soccer clubs. Ron was awarded the MBE for his services to sport in 2000 and in 2013 was inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame. In October 2018, he officially opened the new £3m Ron Jones Stadium in his home town of Aberdare.
SportsAid Cymru Wales Directors bid farewell to (front row) retiring Ron and Linda Jones and Treasurer David Lloyd. From left, Nick Warr, David Mason, new administrator Jayne Morgans, Chairman Mark Oliver, John Hinchliffe, new Treasurer Steve Edwards and David Gough.
SportsAid Cymru Wales has appointed three new Directors (2020), all of whom are passionate about sport – and committed to helping young Welsh sports people along the demanding road to success.
Nia Gittins, aged 44, a solicitor from Pontypridd, is a recent convert to Ladies Softball Cricket, having taken up the rapidly-growing sport with Creigiau (Cardiff) Ladies.
Nia captained the team which finished runners-up in an international tournament in La Manga, Spain, in 2019 and won Player of the Tournament. The former county badminton player is also improving her golf at Radyr GC.
Chris Fido, aged 30, a qualified accountant and business restructuring specialist, has a pedigree in rugby and hockey. Chris was a member of the Rhiwbina RFC, Cardiff, SE Wales Div2 winning team 2013-14.
He previously represented Wales in a four-nation hockey varsity tournament in Edinburgh and at international tournaments in Belgium, Ireland and Italy at U-16, U-18 and U-21 levels.
David Morgan, aged 33, is a Relationship Director with Barclays Bank in South Wales, working with more than 50 businesses with turnovers ranging from £6m to £50m.
Already an indefatigable fundraiser for Action for Children, David played rugby for several Welsh league clubs and currently plays off a 5 handicap at St Mellons GC, Cardiff.
Welcome to Jayne
To say that SportsAid Cymru Wales’ new administrator, Jayne Morgans (pictured, right, with outgoing administrator Linda Chamberlain-Jones) has a sporting pedigree is a bit of an understatement!
Jayne, who is on the Management and Executive Committee of Creigiau Golf Club, near Cardiff, is a 12 handicap golfer. She has played squash and badminton at league level, cricket for St Fagans and for nearly 20 years was a Cardiff and Howardian hockey player, representing the sport on Cardiff City Council’s Leisure & Amenities Advisory Committee.
Jayne said “I am very excited about working with SportsAid Cymru Wales to help support young competitors who are showing real promise in their chosen sport. The charity is unique in that no other organisation provides support at this level. It is very rewarding to track the progress of our grant recipients – some of whom have gone on to become world-beaters. Companies and individuals who have contributed to SportsAid can feel very proud.”
The President, Chairman and Executive Director are supported by a panel of Vice-Presidents and Directors drawn from business and sporting life in Wales.
Brynmor Williams * Ian Waters * Richard Gealy * Alan Hughes
John Hinchliffe * Nick Warr * David Mason * David Gough
Steve Edwards (Treasurer) * Nia Gittins *
Christopher Fido * David Morgan
ADMINISTRATOR: Jayne Morgans
SACW West Wales
SportsAid Cymru Wales is fortunate to have a very active West Wales Committee based in Carmarthen. Over the years, the committee has made a major contribution to the fund-raising efforts of the charity, most notably through their hugely-popular sports/celebrity lunches at the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel, which have entered local legend. Contact: Richard Gealy (Secretary) on 07860 950218.
SACW West Wales Committee (below, from left) Peter Evans, Keri Cosslett, David Butler (Chairman), Ron Jones (SACW Director), Richard Gealy (Secretary) and Dewi Jones (Treasurer).
SACW North Wales
Running the show for SACW in North Wales is our man Alan Hughes (Vice President). Alan is your contact for golf days and other matters to do with the charity. Alan can be reached on email@example.com
The Ron Jones Stadium is Up & Running!
The immense contribution of Ron Jones, recently retired Director of SportsAid Cymru Wales, to Welsh Athletics – and sport in general – was recognised in his home town of Aberdare in October 2018 when he opened a new £3 million stadium which bears his name.
Facilities at Rhondda Cynon Taf's Ron Jones Stadium include a running track with polymeric surfacing, floodlighting, changing facilities, meeting and office spaces and a 263-seat spectator stand.
Cwmaman-born Ron, MBE, a former Wales, British, European and World record-breaking sprinter (pictured second left) said he was delighted to return home to open the new athletics track and sporting facility, which could go on to be the “envy of Wales.”
Guests at the civic opening ceremony included his wife Linda and other members of Ron’s family, who still live in the Aberdare area, along with local para athlete Rhys Jones, who competed in two Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast, Australia 2018, and James Williams, Head of Operations at Welsh Athletics.
Mark Oliver, Chairman of SportsAid Cymru Wales, said “After everything Ron has achieved - and what he has put back into sport – this was a richly-deserved honour. It is a proud moment and the stadium is a fine tribute to one of Wales’ greatest athletes.”