Chirk Leisure Centre is set to benefit from a portion of a £3m funding boost from Sport Wales to help introduce green energy and cut its bills.

More than £3m worth of Sport Wales funding will be spent on making improvements at community sports facilities and leisure centres across Wales in the next few months.

At Chirk Leisure Centre, special fans and pool covers will be implemented to help conserve heat.

Brian Davies, Sport Wales CEO, said: “The cost-of-living crisis, combined with the climate emergency, makes it more pressing than ever for investments to be made into leisure centre facilities which are so valued by the communities they serve.

“Each of these projects will significantly reduce long-term running costs at leisure facilities, enabling them to become more financially sustainable and able to continue providing affordable activities for local people.


“These projects will also generate sizeable carbon savings, helping to support Wales’ climate change targets.”

Over £1.8m has been invested by Sport Wales into making leisure centres more energy efficient so that activities can remain affordable for communities to enjoy.

A further £1.3m has been awarded to 13 projects that will make opportunities to play sports including athletics, basketball and cricket more accessible and enjoyable.

A total of 30 leisure centres – from Llantwit Major to Caernarfon – will benefit from upgrades that will reduce running costs while also making the buildings more environmentally-friendly.

Deputy Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism, Dawn Bowden, said: “It’s excellent to see the funding being allocated across the country in ways which make sport more accessible to all, and improves the quality of sport in our communities. 

“With no sign of the cost of living and cost of doing business abating any time soon, it’s imperative that funding is used to make these organisations that communities rely on more financially sustainable for the future.”

Organisations such as local authorities and sport governing bodies were invited to apply for funding in the autumn and Sport Wales prioritised projects that would make sport and physical activity more accessible for those who need it most.

Some of the other projects that have received funding from Sport Wales include Welsh Boxing being awarded £30,000 to buy 20 multi-sport wheelchairs, Basketball Wales will use a £99,000 grant to renovate popular outdoor courts in Flint, Cardiff and Swansea, while Welsh Athletics has been awarded £225,000 to replace the Cwrt Herbert track in Neath.

All of the grants have been made possible thanks to a total £10.3m worth of capital funding for 2023-24 which has been allocated to Sport Wales by the Welsh Government.