European Union funds Welsh golf club
Merthyr Tydfil (Cilsanws) Golf Club in Wales has been given £50,000 by the European Union to spend on updating its facilities.
The money will be used to buy new course machinery and lockers, refurbish the kitchen and improve flooring in both the changing room and the lounge.
£100,000 has been donated to both Merthyr Tydfil’s golf club and its rugby club by the South East Wales Community Economic Development (SEWCED) programme, which provides more than £13 million of support to local communities paid for by the European Union allocated European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh government, and administered by local authorities.
Merthyr Tydfil (Cilsanws) Golf Club currently has around 100 members and its 80-person capacity lounge is used for functions such as weddings and major club events.
Secretary Viv Price said: “We are extremely grateful for the help and guidance received from both the staff at Merthyr Tydfil council and SEWCED in making our application successful.
“The £50,000 will allow us to improve the course condition and upgrade clubhouse facilities which, in turn, will attract more members and visitors.”
SEWCED has invested more than £1.6m in 22 community projects across Merthyr Tydfil since its launch in 2010.
The rugby club will update its boiler, purchase a defibrillator and revamp its main hall with its money, which will eventually lead to at least two part-time jobs being created.
Spokesman Gareth Williams said: “We are absolutely delighted with the award, which certainly secures the future of the club for quite some time.”
Local councillor Phil Williams added: “The SEWCED funding will enable two of the county borough’s top sporting institutions to bring the standard of their facilities into the 21st century.”