Elite Cymru

In terms of elite sporting success we have much to be proud of.

We are a small nation, but one which very much punches above its weight then it comes to shining on the world stage.

We want Wales to be seen as a nation of champions, where winning is expected, talent developed, and success is promoted and celebrated across a wide range of sports.

The Elite Cymru scheme has been in place since 1997. However, in April 2006, UK Sport took over responsibility for the funding of Olympic sports through the UK Pathway system.

Who can apply?

Elite Cymru covers only non-Olympic sports (e.g. karate, snooker), Commonwealth Games sports such as Bowls, shooting and squash (2 years prior to the Games) or sports  that medal on a world level such as golf.  

Elite Cymru aligns itself in the main with the other home countries in terms of what it supports e.g. Sport England, Sport Scotland etc.

Application requirements: 

General standards for Elite Cymru support are:

  • At least no 1. in Wales in age group and discipline, plus
  • Rough guide is at least no 3 in UK - BUT we look at each sport and application on it's own merit and specific entry standards for consideration have been agreed with each National Governing Body in order to tie in with other Home Country's.

How to apply:

You can apply for an Elite Cymru grant via your governing body, as any applications will need to be endorsed by the relevant governing body before consideration by Sport Wales.

To apply for an Elite Cymru grant, complete an application form (available from your relevant National Governing Body), ensure it is signed by the relevant contact within that Governing Body and return to wendy.yardley@sportwales.org.uk or post to: Elite Cymru Unit, Sport Wales, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9SW