Pen y Cymoedd is excited to announce two more Vision Grant awards in the Rhondda valley

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Rhondda Lawn Tennis – £26,000

Rhondda Lawn Tennis Club were established in 1981 and over the years have grown to meet the demand and needs of the local communities they support. They have been working tirelessly over the last couple of years to achieve their growth and development plans for the club – upgrading existing facilities, taking on new areas to offer even more space and opportunities to those wanting to learn new skills and coming into their final stages of development they approached Pen y Cymoedd for support towards renovating the clubhouse, ensuring the building and facilities were fit for purpose and available and accessible for all ages and abilities in the community for years to come. Pen y Cymoedd have supported Rhondda Lawn Tennis Club with previous funding to upgrade tennis courts and install LED floodlighting and smart gates at courts, which have supported their plans to provide a fit for purpose community space for all ages of the community.

“We are extremely grateful for the grant funding that has made a significant difference to Rhondda Lawn Tennis Club over the past 18 months. PyC, Welsh Church Act Fund and RCTCBC have been instrumental in developing the venue into an excellent multi-sport facility. Tennis membership has increased from 22 to 150 members this year, with Basketball and Pickleball showing significant increases in participation. Treorchy Comprehensive school now uses the courts for sports lessons, the Smart Access Gate provides affordable Pay & Play sports for the local community and the clubhouse refurbishment will enhance the venue and encourage more visitors to the area” John Denton – Rhondda Lawn Tennis Club

“Rhondda Lawn Tennis have upgraded all parts of the facility they manage and are now creating spaces that can be used by tennis, netball, basketball and even a local pickleball club. The clubhouse is in urgent need of renovation and modernising to ensure that everyone using the facilities has a safe, modern and usable indoor space. As a club they have pulled together funding from a variety of sources as well as match funding with some of their own funds. This application was an example of excellence in terms of planning, evidence, quotes and match funding. We know this club will continue to thrive and look to the future and we wish them all the best.” Kate Breeze Pen y Cymoedd Community Fund.

Purple Shoots – Team Treherbert – £25,720

Pen y Cymoedd are always impressed when groups and organisations have worked together to identify what is needed in their local area. Purple Shoots have worked closely with Welcome to our Woods and the Skyline Project in Treherbert to identify the need to support people living close by to maximise the opportunities that have arisen over the last few years. Pen y Cymoedd are passionate about developing a more enterprising and entrepreneurial community and were excited to support Purples Shoots with a grant to support people in the Rhondda Fawr to build on opportunities, provide bespoke training and support, whilst connecting people and building confidence and skills to realise their dreams. They will develop self-reliant groups in the Treherbert area, which are small collectives that encourage group members to build confidence and skills, improve well-being and community connections and to move towards savings, income generation and small business.

“We are delighted to have been awarded the grant. This will really help us to focus on the Treherbert community, to enable people to recognize and build on opportunities that are already there or to create new ones, to bring about real change for individuals and build some good local businesses. We are looking forward to working with the groups and organisations already active there, especially Welcome to our Woods and Men’s Sheds.” Karen Davies Purple Shoots