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Sport clubs supported by over £2m in grant funding



MORE than £2 million in grant funding was awarded during 2020/2021 to sports clubs in Pembrokeshire which experienced financial difficulties because of Covid-19.

The funding came from a variety of sources and was awarded to 120 clubs, ranging from swimming to rugby, cricket, football, gymnastics, golf, rowing, athletics, weightlifting, netball and many more.

Cllr Paul Miller, Cabinet Member for Economy, Tourism, Leisure and Culture, said: “The past 15 months or so have been very challenging financially for sports clubs and it’s great to hear that so many have applied for and been successful in receiving funding to enable them to keep going.

“In many cases, clubs have also taken the opportunity to invest in long-overdue improvements or new facilities which is also extremely good news.

“With some sporting fixtures once again starting to take place, albeit on a restricted basis, we are looking forward to when we can enjoy taking part in, practising and watching sport more and more as time goes on.”

Among the many clubs receiving grant funding is Pembroke & Pembroke Dock Amateur Boxing Club. Chris McEwan said it had ‘kept the club alive’ by enabling it to install a disabled toilet and wet room to make the club more accessible and inclusive. The work was carried out by local builders.

At Tenby Surf Lifesaving Club, grant funding was used to undertake essential maintenance work on the clubhouse as well as purchase some new equipment – ‘future proofing the club for years to come’, according to Ian Badham.

Work has also taken place at Clarbeston Road AFC. Steve Brown said: “We are very grateful for the support we have received from the Sport Wales Be Active Wales Fund. Being able to purchase portable floodlights will give us extra flexibility for running evening training sessions on our four pitches and help support our programme for getting our members back to football after such a long break. They will also help us to host community events, as and when restrictions allow, providing wider local benefits.”

Also benefiting from grant funding is Pembroke Dock Cricket Club. Andrew Scott-Davies said: “The grant has been a tremendous windfall as the club can now plan to build a new changing room which is desperately needed. Work will be carried out by a local builder with labour provided by club members.”

The Sport Wales Be Active Wales Fund remains open for applications. With restrictions lifting and club returning to play, if your club is considering an application please contact Alan Jones or Lois Hilling at for advice before submitting your application.


Goodwick bow out of West Wales Cup



GOODWICK United bowed out of the West Wales Cup as they were beaten 1-0 by South Gower on Saturday (Dec 4).

The West Wales Premier League side travelled to Pembrokeshire on the back of four straight wins, including their 21-0 demolition of Hendy in the second round of the competition.

This time though they came up against a Goodwick United who were yet to taste defeat this season.

The only goal of the game came sixteen minutes in as Ieuan Priede headed South Gower ahead.

Goodwick had a number of chances throughout the game but were unable to find an equaliser.

Nathan Greene and Johnny Horgan were both brought on to try and change the outcome but their opponents held on to book their place in the next round.

On Saturday, December 11, Goodwick return to Division 1 action with a trip to St Ishmaels.

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Carew go through in extra time



CAREW needed extra time to beat Tumble to book their place in the next round of the West Wales Cup on Saturday (Dec 4).

Shaun Whitfield had put Carew ahead at the end of first half stoppage time but just four minutes into the second half, Trystan Leech pulled Tumble level.

Jordan Richards then scored Carew’s second to put them back ahead and Whitfield’s second goal looked to have sealed the visitors’ passage into the last sixteen.

However, Leech grabbed his second five minutes from time to give the home side hope of forcing the game into extra time.

And Leech completed his hat trick in the 92nd minute to make it 3-3 and to ensure the teams would be playing another 30 minutes.

In the first period of extra time it was Carew who got the goal to put them back in the lead with Harvey Langston scoring.

Tumble were unable to find a way back this time and Joe Williams’ goal two minutes from the end secured the win for the Rooks.

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Narberth seconds earn bonus point win over Aber



NARBERTH seconds (also known as Narberth Athletic) travelled to Aberystwyth as they looked to leapfrog Newcastle Emlyn at the top of the West Wales Conference League.

There was a gale blowing straight down the pitch from the clubhouse, which made attractive rugby difficult in such cold weather conditions.

Narberth lost the toss and played with the wind. They put the home side under pressure for most of the first period using the elements to their advantage and scored two good tries through scrum half Jordan James and livewire flanker Dylan Walsh and, converted by Shane Rossiter but was a 12 point advantage enough going into the second half?

Narberth coach James Merriman sent on two heavyweight replacements at half time in Daf Walters and Jac Norcross to help carry the ball against the elements.

The tactics worked superbly with Walters rumbling over for two tries and centre Ryan Scourfield rounding off a tremendous second half performance for the young Otters going over under the posts to put the score beyond doubt and an excellent bonus point win.

After the game and changing out of their playing strip, the boys then put on their Santa outfits for the Christmas social and long drive home.

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