Green grant gives rugby club community boost

Clwb Rygbi Bethesda Cyf is a rugby club in Bethesda, Gwynedd that are using their facilities as a centre for local businesses and social enterprises to operate out of to support people in their local community.

They received a National Lottery Community Fund Green Top-Up grant of £10,000. The Green Top-Up grants are part of our environmental strategy to make positive change to tackling climate change in communities. Find out more about our strategy on our website.

We spoke to William Sandison from Clwb Rygbi Bethesda about their grant, and what difference it’s making for their community.

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Being green is good for the community

“The National Lottery Community Fund Green Top-Up grant has been really beneficial to running Clwb Rygbi Bethesda. Namely, the work that we’ve managed to achieve thanks to the grant as meant that the building is warmer thanks to replacing the windows and adding the insulated external-render on the outside of the building.

This has meant that our long-term energy and utility costs and bills will be lower, and we can invest these savings into supporting our community.

Our community has told us about how good the building now looks, and the exterior LED dark-sky lighting has made the building more usable at night time. The new external LED lights mean that the building and site is safer at night time thanks to how bright they are.

The hub facility is also located along a bat-feeding flight path and both Pipistrelle and Brown Long Eared bats roost in the building. As well as being greener the use of external LED dark sky lights does not have a detrimental impact on the bats in the area.

We wouldn’t have been able to complete these projects without the green top-up grant.”

Our plans for the future

“We already had a plan to reduce utility bill costs through better insulation and replacement dark sky LED lights. Through Ynni Ogwen, we have also installed solar panels on hub facility roof as part of a community scheme, and we are now one of the few carbon neutral clubs in Wales.

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The Green Top-Up grants have been very important to achieving our goal. We couldn’t have done it without the funding from The National Lottery Community Fund; it’s a significant investment that we wouldn’t ordinarily have to be able to put towards something like this.

In the future we’re looking to take things a step further. We would like to replace all bulbs in building with LED bulbs and provide sensor lights that will ensure that the lighting in our building uses less power and will only be used when the sensors sense people nearby.”

Clwb Rygbi Bethesda received a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund of £10,000 to improve the energy efficiency of their building and to install a more efficient lighting system in their car park. We awarded their green top-up grant as part of our Green Top-Ups pilot to support organisations to make positive changes as part of their existing National Lottery-funded projects to tackle climate change. Read more on on our webpage.

The photos of Clwb Rygbi Bethesda were taken before bringing in social distancing guidance.

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