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Active Communities in Ceredigion is managed by Steven Jones. He support Sports Specific Development Officers funded either part or entirely by the National Governing bodies of their sport in partnership with Ceredigion County Council.

These include:
Football | Rugby | Hockey | Netball | Cricket | Disability Sport

Steven Jones
Active Communities Manager
01970 633587
steven.jones@ceredigion.gov.uk

For sport to become a lifelong experience for people it is essential that quality-sporting opportunities are available to all. In addition to playing an important role in developing healthy lifestyles, sport can promote economic and social well being of communities. Community sports clubs play a vital role in contributing to such benefits and as such are pivotal in the development of sport.

Steve’s role is to support and increase the number, range and quality of community based sports clubs.

Steve can also support by:

  • developing sustainable club structures across the County
  • increasing membership of sports clubs
  • developing the range and quality of junior sections of community based sports clubs
  • working closely with voluntary sports clubs to provide a coordinated approach and to develop quality sporting opportunities
  • encouraging clubs to work to governing body accreditation standards
  • organising a structured programme of sports specific and generic training courses eg. Sports Coach UK courses
  • providing an effective information and advisory role to clubs regarding sports development funding, programming, training, facility considerations and other aspects of the Sport Ceredigion service
  • recruiting, training and retaining more sports club coaches and volunteers
  • raising the profile of sport in Ceredigion

Active Communities in Ceredigion is also supported by Ceredigion Sports Council.

West Wales Walking for Wellbeing

The West Wales Walking for Wellbeing project is an initiative working throughout the Hywel Dda Health board aiming to get people more active and outdoors through friendly, local walking groups. The project works alongside GP practices and other local centres to set up and oversee walking groups.

The walks are short, sociable and paced to suit individuals with a focus on getting people outdoors in friendly, safe environment.

Dawn Forster is the coordinator for Ceredigion and will be setting up walking groups across the county, which will be led by trained volunteers.

For more details please contact Dawn on dawn.forster@ceredigion.gov.uk or call on 07866985753.

West wales walking for wellbeing logo
West wales walking group

Funding

The Progress grant is intended to help progress sport and activity to the next step and support long-term sustainability.

This grant is intended to help clubs and organisations work towards three principles:

  • Tackling inequality
  • Creating long-term solutions to be more sustainable
  • Taking innovative approaches

Applicants will need to demonstrate how the funding they are requesting will develop their sport or activity and impact on at least one these principles.

To apply for the grant visit the Sport Wales Progress Grant page on the Sport Wales website.

Coach Education

Would you like to gain experience in coaching or even further your coaching qualifications?

If so there are a number of courses available for you!

Ceredigion Actif work with the various governing bodies of Sport and Sports Coach UK by organizing and running sports coach education courses. Whether you are an existing coach or starting as a beginner, there are introductory courses, as well as professional development courses available for you.

If you would like to speak to a member of our team about coach education please contact ceredigionactif@ceredigion.gov.uk.

Volunteering

Sport relies on volunteers heavily to carry on functioning. All clubs need volunteers at one time or another, not just participants. By being a volunteer in sport you are giving something back especially in some cases if you have been a participant in the past. You can volunteer as little or as often as you like!

  • It's Fun
  • You can learn new skills
  • Make new friends
  • Build Self-Confidence
  • Improve Your CV

Volunteering in something that you may not have done before is a good way to learn new skill. You may have to go on a course to learn or update new areas of expertise such as a First Aid, Disability Inclusion Training or Multi Skills.

By volunteering you automatically build your skills and experience; in many cases this experience will look good to potential employers. More and more people are being taken on at work because of experience they have gained in volunteering. Sport and physical activity is of course a very popular hobby for many and working in a sporting environment can build the skills you need.

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering in your area please contact our team on ceredigionactif@ceredigion.gov.uk.

I love delivering the sessions and having FUN! I also ask the children for feedback regularly, so it is good to know that they have FUN too. I also enjoy planning the sessions so that the children can get the most out of the time we have
I look forward to volunteering each week and learning new skills. I find it extremely rewarding watching children’s faces light up when they take part in sport and more importantly having fun
Without volunteers my club simply wouldn’t exist, the time they give as little as 1 hr a week or 2 can have a huge impact on peoples lives, Thank You