GLL boost for Welsh sporting talent

 

The GLL Sport Foundation has been the largest independent athlete support programme in the UK for the past 10 years. GLL is the UK’s leading leisure charitable social enterprise.

 

At a special awards ceremony in Cardiff City Hall in May, in partnership with Sport Wales and SportsAid Cymru Wales, the Foundation announced that 67 young sportspeople in the Cardiff area will benefit from a £42,000 support fund, providing individual grants up to £1,250 plus free training memberships at the 300 leisure facilities they manage across the UK.

 

At the event, SACW Director Ron Jones presented one of the charity's awards to Jeremiah Kennedy-Azu (100m sprinter, GB No.3 at U-17), pictured above with SACW Administrator Linda Chamberlain-Jones. Jeremiah was also one of the first recipients of the Rhodri Morgan sports award, newly-created by Sport Wales and GLL Sport Foundation in memory of the late former First Minister.

 

Juliette Dickinson, GLL Regional Director for Wales, said I would like to thank all our partners and sponsors for their support for the programme. Sport Wales and  SportsAid Cymru Wales provide direct links to sport Governing Body talent pathways, whilst our many corporate sponsors, headlined by GLL and Technogym, numerous local authorities, university and physiotherapy partners, help sporting dreams become a reality”. 

 

Ron Jones said "We are delighted to be working with the GLL Sports Foundation to provide support to promising young athletes. They say it gives them a huge boost and makes them more determined than ever to succeed."

 

 

SportsAid Cymru Wales is very grateful to one of Wales' leading businesses, Wales & West Utilities Limited, for its long-standing support for emerging Welsh sporting talent. Wales & West Utilities, headquartered in Newport, is a regulated gas distribution business with around 34,000 km of pipelines supplying gas throughout Wales and the South West of England, serving a catchment area of 7.4 million people.



 SportsAid Cymru Wales Director Ron Jones said “Wales & West Utilities continue to provide us with tremendous support and as a company they can take great pride in the numbers of young sportspeople who have benefited as a result of their patronage.” 

Steve Edwards, Head of Regulation & Commercial for Wales & West Utilities – and a first-class rugby referee - presents SportsAid Cymru Wales Director Ron Jones with a cheque for £5,000. 

 

Since its inception, SACW and its predecessor organisation has enjoyed a close working relationship with the Sports Council for Wales, now Sport Wales.

 

 SportsAid Cymru Wales offices are housed in the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff. The charity has long provided initial grant support to promising young sporting hopefuls and followed with interest and pride those that progress onto Sport Wales programmes for top performers.

 

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                       Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff

 

SportsAid Cymru Wales is delighted to enjoy the wonderful support of the award-winning Park Plaza, one of Cardiff's top hotels, which has been the venue for its fund-raising lunches for more than four years. Manager Margaret Waters - whose husband, Ian, is a SACW Vice-President - ensures a warm welcome, which, combined with top quality food and service, is roundly praised by guests at each function. Margaret, who hails from the Emerald Isle, is a proud holder of a unique certificate from SACW declaring her 'an honorary Welshperson!'

 

Carmarthenshire Tyre Services is another long-standing supporter of SportsAid Cymru Wales through the company’s generous and ongoing sponsorship of the activities of the West Wales Committee. Owner Delme Owens’ son, Ken, is the Wales and Llanelli Scarlets hooker and daughter Vicky is a former member of the Wales women’s rugby team. Delme said “I support SportsAid because I totally agree with what they are trying to achieve. I hate the thought of young people really struggling with the costs of competing when we all share in their success”

 

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Ryan is first to receive Portabella Award

 

Rising Welsh hurdles star Ryan James was the first athlete to win the SACW Portabella Award for outstanding achievement.

 

Portabella is an award-winning property development company based in Cardiff, headed by managing director David Loosemore, brother of Sarah Loosemore, who, at 17 in 1988, became the youngest British Wimbledon competitor - supported by SACW of course!

 

Ryan was presented with a cheque for £2,500 by David Loosemore (right) in front of 120 guests - including sports celebrities, business leaders, politicians and media - at one of the charity's renowned fund-raising lunches at the Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff, in 2016.

 

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