A community in Cymmer in the Upper Afan Valley were stunned to find out that their application for £344,761 of National Lottery funding had been successful.
Afan Valley Community Leisure, a group from the local community, in partnership with Llandarcy Park Ltd, a subsidiary of Neath Port Talbot College, applied to the National Lottery Community Fund’s People and Places programme to bring their local leisure facility back to life. They thought we were coming to visit to find out more about their project and film the visit to feedback to staff. Little did they know, the committee had already made their mind up and John Rose, Director of the National Lottery Community Fund was actually there to deliver the news…
The five year grant will fund two full time and three part time staff as well as sessional workers and running costs to provide a swimming pool in Cymmer for 5,000 people from Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend. Activities at the facility will include swimming lessons, aerobics, mother and toddler group, inflatable fun, children’s swimming, pool parties, rookie lifeguard sessions and competitive swimming.
The project strongly showed that they had the support of the local community with backing from a wide variety of local services, organisations, community groups and residents. The community have come together and used their strengths to make the project work. Due to complex nature of running a community facility such as this, the group will work with Llandarcy Park Ltd to help with the day to day running of facility.
Hayley Phiilips from Afan Valley Community Leisure said “Finding out that Afan Valley Community Leisure were the recipients of National Lottery funding was amazing. To receive this really highlighted that the hard work and fight to keep the pool open was worth it. The direct benefits to the community are far reaching and a huge boost to the area”.
Mark Dacey, Group CEO of Neath Port Talbot College said “What you can see here today is something which is for the community, and it’s being used by the community and supported by the community.”
Want to find out more about the facility? Take a look at their website www.swimafan.co.uk.