Month: June 2014

Sainsbury’s Pontypridd – Welsh Community Grant Fund.

Have HeART Ltd are one of the 5 organisations who were selected for Sainsbury’s Pontypridd’s Welsh Community Grant Fund. This enabled them to use £500 to help young children in our community. Customer Service Team Leader Aaron Wilson and HR Clerk Emma Evans presented the group with the cheque for £500 and they cannot wait to get started on their project. The money will enable disadvantaged young people to design a collection of 3 limited edition ethical bags for life at a community design workshop. They will take part in a screen printing workshop at an art studio in Cardiff to...

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Young tennis stars represent Wales at Wimbledon.

A team of young Welsh tennis players will be showing off their skills at Wimbledon this weekend. Each year two British regions are given the opportunity to play against each other during Wimbledon fortnight. The 10U boys from Wales and Scotland will give a demonstration on the famous grass courts of London SW19 on Saturday morning (June 28). The six players are from various parts of Wales, including Newport, Chepstow, Swansea, Wrexham and Cardiff will be led by National Performance Manager Ellinore Lightbody (who competed at Wimbledon in 1983) and Performance coach Craig Evans (who competed in the junior event in 2002 which also starts on Saturday) Shay Ryan (David Lloyd Cardiff), Hugo Russell (David Lloyd Cardiff), Jethro Vela Vega (Swansea Tennis Centre), Will Jenkins (Swansea Tennis Centre and Virgin Glamorgan), Kristian Harrison (Wrexham) and Hugo Coclin (Cardiff Metropolitan University Tennis Academy) The demonstration is due to take place on Courts 5, 6 and 7, from 10.30 11.15 am on Saturday. The trip will also allow the players to watch tennis pros practice, as well as get a behind-the-scenes look at Wimbledon. “We jumped at the opportunity to spend the weekend in Wimbledon,” said Ellinore Lightbody, National Talent Performance Manager for Tennis Wales. “All the boys have aspirations to complete in the tournament and hope to gain valuable experience at grass court tennis. This is a fantastic opportunity created by...

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Wimbledon sparks free tennis for women and girls.

For the second year in a row, tennis clubs throughout Wales are offering free sessions for women and girls during Wimbledon fortnight. A total of 28 clubs are offering the sessions, as part of Sport Wales’ What Moves You campaign to encourage women and girls to become more active. The clubs are also offering membership discounts and coaching sessions after the event, to allow participants to further develop their skills.   A number of free sessions are being held at: Aberdare Park Tennis Courts (30th June & 7th July) Abergavenny Tennis Club (21st June) Bridgend LTC (26th June &...

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Clubs are urged to have their say on future of cricket.

Cricketers throughout Wales are being urged to have their say about the game in a major survey, which could win prizes for them and their club. The England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) National Playing Survey closes in mid-July, and Cricket Wales is urging players and clubs to respond promptly “We’ve had a great response to the survey so far, but are keen to get more,” said Cricket Wales insight and innovation officer Estyn Jones. “The survey is easy to complete online, and it gives us vital information about attitudes to the sport – what’s good or bad...

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Lee helps ensure Wales won’t be stumped for wicketkeepers.

A new programme is aiming to ensure Wales continues to produce top-class wicketkeepers. Cricket Wales’ recently-appointed national wicketkeeping coach, Lee Herring, has completed a series of group sessions for Wales’ young keepers, and has hailed them a huge success. “The sessions were entirely keeper-specific and covered all age groups, boys and girls,” he explained. “I’ve no doubt the sessions were a great success as some of the performances I’ve witnessed already this season have been outstanding. “It’s extremely difficult to work with keepers independently at squad sessions due to space and time constraints so these sessions were highly valuable...

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