Applications for support
SportsAid Cymru Wales focuses predominantly on the 12 – 18 year age group (extended for athletes with disabilities) who are not receiving financial support from other official sources.
Applications for support from SportsAid Cymru Wales have to be submitted via – and endorsed by – the governing body of the individual’s sport, according to set criteria developed in partnership with Sport Wales.
This ensures we have the latest information on the athlete’s achievements, together with their Wales or GB rankings and an assessment of potential from experienced coaches.
If you feel you may be eligible for a SportsAid Cymru Wales grant then you should talk to your trainer and the appropriate representative on your sport’s governing body. SportsAid Cymru Wales is not able to consider applications direct from athletes outside this process.
Click on 'Recent Award Recipients' (above left) to see the latest round of grants.
Thank you, SportsAid Cymru Wales!
SACW receives many letters of thanks from young sporting hopefuls (and their parents!) who have made the grade in their chosen sport and have been awarded a grant. Here's a sample:-
Arwen Fflur - Sailing
The smile that says "I'm happy with that!" Arwen Fflur, aged 12, of Caernarfon is pictured on Lake Garda where she had just secured 20th place in the girls'section of the world's biggest young sailors event, attracting more than 1,000 international competitors.
After a busy winter training schedule culminating in the GBR Optimist Team Selections, Arwen was just pipped to the post and finished second girl, securing her place in the GBR Team for the European Championships in France in June 2019. Arwen is sporting her now trademark 'Welsh Elf' hat and Arwen's mum, Nikki, said "Thanks SportsAid Cymru Wales for supporting her sailing!"
Catrin Schröder - Kayaking
Catrin, from Lampeter, is the British U15 Kayak Champion – another rising star in the tough, exciting, sport in which Wales is well-represented.
A very encouraging run has seen Catrin achieve a PB of 11th in the Tryweryn Premier race at the National White Water Centre in Snowdonia and reaching the semi-finals of the Danube Cup, a senior international race, as well as being one of the youngest competing.
Catrin said “At the beginning of this season, I competed in the GB junior selection series and the Senior GB and Olympic selection series and have gained lots of great experiences.
“Thank you very much for the Sportsaid Cymru Wales grant. I am very grateful for this as it will help greatly to fund my trips abroad this year to Slovenia, Austria and Germany to compete in the European junior ECA races and also to train in France.”
Alex John - Air Pistol
Alex John's steady climb up the rankings in 10m air pistol shooting is bang on target.
The 16-year-old from Manorbier took first place in Class C in the National Smallbore Rifle Association's 2018 Eley Championships at the national shooting HQ at Bisley, Surrey.
In 2016 he won Class E, then Class D and added a bronze medal this year as best overall junior - great preparation for his first European contest in Luxembourg. Alex said "I would like to thank SACW for your very kind support grant this year. Your support has enabled me to progress and participate in many competitions, as well as being able to upgrade my guns with individual moulded hand grips, which have made a huge difference."
Carys Worby - Golf
I am writing to thank Sports Aid Cymru Wales for the funding I received this year which has allowed me to compete in events that I otherwise would not have been able to.
I have represented Wales in many individual and team events, including the Helen Holm Scottish Women's Open Championships, the Girls British Open Amateur Championships, the European Girls Team Championship and Home Internationals, and have thoroughly enjoyed my year.
My family and I have realised the vast number of opportunities that golf presents and hopefully will continue to offer. These opportunities are not given to many, so any help is gratefully received. I have travelled to many amazing places with my friends and compete at high levels.
This year I won the Welsh Girls Open and had top 10 finishes in the Welsh Ladies Amateur Championships, the English Girls Open Amateur Championships and the English Women's Open Amateur Championships. The season just gone has opened many new doors for me, such as university scholarships in America. The places and people I have met have affirmed with me why I love golf. None of these achievements or opportunities would have been possible without the support from Sports Aid Cymru Wales. (Carys has moved 1,485 places up the world rankings to 699th this year!)
Lili Bryant - K1 Kayaking
Lili, aged 15, of Llandysul, a pupil at Ysgol Bro Teifi, beat 75 other competitors from all over the world to take Gold in the K1 kayaking in a 2018 Youth Olympics qualifying event in Barcelona (April 2018).
Lili had a tremendous 2017, finishing top of the British J16 Slalom rankings and 11th overall in the UK, competing in Austria, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic, finishing her European tour 5th out of 88 competitors.
Lili wrote "I am very grateful for the support that SportsAid Wales has given me - this money will help greatly with my training costs. Please pass on my thanks to Mrs Cobain." (Barbara Cobain has been a fantastic sponsor of young sportspeople through SACW's West Wales Committee).
Medi Harris - Swimming
Medi Harris from Caernarfon Swimming Club is another athlete who epitomises the promising young talent that SportsAid Cymru Wales seeks to support on their path to the podium.
Medi is the u-15 UK No.1 in the 50, 100 & 200 backstroke after taking gold in all three events at the 2017 British Summer Championships in Sheffield. Her storming performance built on her success in the pool at the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas in July.
In a letter to SACW, Medi said “I want to let you know about my swimming achievements since I received your grant. At Easter, in the Welsh Nationals in Swansea, my time in the 100 backstroke qualified me for the Welsh team for the CYG in the Bahamas, where I came 4th in the 100 backstroke, then got a silver medal in the 50 and a bronze in the 200. My time for the 50 was a British record for 14-year-olds, my 100 was a Welsh Junior record and my 200 was a joint record holder (Welsh Juniors).” What a prospect! Here's Medi (centre) in action in the CYG...
Catrin Williams – Sailing
“I am writing to inform you that I competed in the Royal Yachting Association Welsh Youth and Junior Championships at Pwllheli last weekend (April 2017) and I am delighted to report I won the 6.8 fleet category. I won female and overall, so that makes me the Welsh 6.8 Champion of 2017!
“Thank you for your support, this has helped me as a sailor and my family with the costs of training, travelling and event fees. I hope to meet the SportsAid team soon!” Catrin Williams
Update: Catrin was selected to represent Great Britain (Female, u-15) in the World Championships in Salou, Spain in October, 2017, following the European championships in Lorient, France, where she took part in 12 races over six days. More than 300 competitors paraded behind their country flags through Lorient Docks in an opening ceremony and the mass start to races - where more than 50 competitors launched onto the water within the first minute – she described as ‘amazing!’ In ‘windy & wavy’ conditions her highest place was a very impressive 15th. Go, Catrin!
Kyle Booth – Swimming
Many congratulations to rising star 16-year-old Kyle Booth, a City of Cardiff club member, who gets better and better in the pool.
Kyle competed at the British Nationals in Sheffield 2018 where he came second in the final of the 200 Breaststroke, a great result considering that he was still 16, competing in the 17/ 18 age group.
Kyle's time of 2:16.53 means that he has now qualified for the Welsh National Elite development squad. This is a fantastic opportunity and will mean Kyle gets to train and attend regular workshops with Swim Wales at Swansea's national pool and it also means he will be competing with the Welsh squad in Marseille and Rome in 2019.
In January 2018 , Kyle swam with the Welsh squad in a competition in Luxembourg, where he competed against Commonwealth , European and world senior swimmers – great experience. In February/March Kyle competed at the British Championships in Edinburgh, where he Pb'd in 50 Breast, 100 Breast and 200 Breast.
Proud mum Cath Booth wrote to SACW: “Kyle was absolutely delighted to have received your letter and grant and would like to say thank you very much to SportsAid Cymru Wales. This will really help him a great deal. Kyle is also delighted that he is now able to access the National Sports Centre in Sophia Gardens as well. Thank you again for your support.”