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Sport Cardiff Encourage Young Pupil Participation in Sport

Pupils from six Primary Schools across Cardiff celebrated the launch of the Sport Cardiff Bronze Young Ambassadors programme at Cardiff Metropolitan University recently. The Young Ambassador programme, which was born out of the London 2012 Olympic Games Legacy, is a pathway that aims to empower and inspire young people to become leaders through sport and to encourage their peers to take part in more sport. There are more than 2,800 Young Ambassadors across Wales, all of whom are the voice for PE and School Sport in their schools and communities and who promote the positive value of sport. There are different pathway levels within the programme, including Silver and Gold for secondary and college students, and Platinum for advanced individuals. To engage younger pupils Sport Cardiff has now launched the Bronze

is totally in line with our ethos of promoting sport for enjoyment, building confidence and teamwork, and investing in health.” The Young Ambassador programme in Wales is run in partnership between Sport Wales, the Youth Sport Trust and the sport development team in each Local Authority. Sport Cardiff is a Joint Venture Agreement between Cardiff

Students from Six schools across Cardiff North gather at Cyncoed to receive their Bronze Young Ambassador training.

Young Ambassadors programme for primary school pupils. The Sport Cardiff Bronze Young Ambassador launch event was held at the Archers Arena at Cardiff Met’s Cyncoed Campus, and was combined with a Play Makers training session for 24 children to become Bronze Young Ambassadors. The event was led

by Higher Education Young Ambassadors from Cardiff Met and supported by Silver and Gold Young Ambassadors from Cardiff High School and St Teilo’s Church in Wales High School. Primary Schools taking part included Ysgol Y Wern, Llanishen Fach Primary, Rhydypennau Primary, St David’s Church in Wales

1 in 8 elderly Brits sacrifices buying food to cover the cost of heating

2,000 BRITS were polled on their ability to cover the cost of heating bills during winter, as well as the struggles they face to do so, revealing those who are most at risk during the cold winter months.

Over half of those surveyed are worried about covering the cost of their heating during

bills winter 2017,

according to the research commissioned by Provident1.

The average household will

face in 10 an

£655 heating bill reveals aged

Brits respondents

winter2, and Provident’s research 1

survey over

65 cannot cover the cost of their heating on their current income, leaving many

to rely on the

Winter Fuel Allowance. And, while the Winter Fuel Allowance is designed to aid

estimated this


pensioners, 13% of those surveyed say they will still struggle to cover the cost of heating their homes this winter, with many making significant sacrifices to do so. Significant sacrifices The

that almost four in ten (39%) have buying

study discovered forgone

as clothing, to pay their heating

essentials, bills,


almost half (48%) have given up socialising with friends. Nearly one in five (19%) have resorted to not paying other bills and 12% have even sacrificed buying food just to heat their homes during winter. Two thirds (66%) confessed

to seeking

the warmth of a jumper or blanket, while one in five (19%) have dug out their hot water bottle, and over half (56%) have drawn their curtains in an attempt to keep the heat in


their homes. It’s about to get worse Despite the Winter Fuel Allowance seeming to barely

cover the cost

of heating and elderly people resorting to desperate measures to keep their bills down, the allowance could be cut by a staggering £100m in 2017/183.

The changes are designed to stop pensioners who can afford to cover the cost of their heating from receiving

the money,

however the cut-off point means that those who fall at the lower end of the threshold may not receive the money they need to heat

their homes, with

an estimated 10 million pensioners predicted to struggle as a result of the new changes.

For more information regarding this study, please visit: https://www. providentpersonalcredit. com/is-winter-coming/

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Primary, All Saints Church in Wales Primary and Roath Park Primary School.

Speaking about the launch, Gethin Smart, Neighbourhood Sport Coordinator at Sport Cardiff, said: “We are really excited about the launch of the Bronze Young Ambassadors. It is a great opportunity for primary school pupils to learn how to become

the future leaders for sports and to inspire their friends and classmates to join in other sporting activities”.

Lawrence Conway, Chair of Sport Wales, said: “We are really proud of the launch of the Bronze Young Ambassadors programme. Encouraging more young people to partake in sport is one of our main priorities, and this new programme

Metropolitan University and City of Cardiff Council. Sport Cardiff’s mission is to enrich the lives of the people of Cardiff by delivering a range of quality sporting opportunities.

The agreement has been backed by Sport Wales and provides timely boost to the resources available to develop sport in the Welsh capital. For more information about the Young Ambassadors programme,

please visit: www. Young-Ambassadors/

E.ON opens its Energising Communities Fund

Charities and community groups in and around Cardiff are invited to apply for up to £2,000 of funding through the E.ON Energising Communities Fund, available for the second time this year. To be eligible for funding organisations must submit a request which supports activities that help bring about a reduction in their own energy use, help generate energy from a renewable source, or provide energy efficiency advice for local people.

Applicants are encouraged to get their funding requests in now, ahead of the application deadline of Monday, 29th January 2018. Groups can apply for funding of up to £2,000 which may cover the full or partial cost of energy- related improvements and activities. Suzanne Doxey, Community Relations Manager at E.ON, said: “We’re really excited to be offering our E.ON Energising Communities Fund for the second time this year to give more local community groups and charities the opportunity to apply for funding. “At E.ON we understand that heating bills can account for a large part of the running costs for a community group or charity and so their need to become energy efficient and save on costs is really important. With our Energising

Community Fund we’re able to support community groups and charities who would like to become more sustainable but don’t necessarily have the available funds to be able to progress with their plans.”

Community development charity ACE (Action in Caerau and Ely) received a £1,250 grant from E.ON in 2015 to train community volunteers to provide tailored and practical energy efficiency advice and resources to help local people save energy in their properties. The Volunteer Energy Coaches visited vulnerable households in Caerau and Ely and, where appropriate, even fitted energy

saving measures including

draught-proofing, radiator reflector panels, LED light bulbs and power down plugs to prevent appliances being left on standby. For full Terms and Conditions for the E.ON Energising Communities Fund and to access the application form, please visit The E.ON Energising Communities Fund is one of the ways E.ON is supporting homeowners and the wider community to become more energy efficient and to save money on their heating bills. To find out more about how E.ON could support, visit

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