We uses case studies in our development and publicity work,
to communicate and celebrate successful projects and developments
To support this, we produce a series of good practice case
studies across a range of topics. Projects are recommended by our
staff and are then evaluated by the Research department.
Where good practice is identified, projects are then written up
as good practice case studies.
On this page, we present a selection of the case studies
that have been produced so far.
Over time, this section of the website will grow to incorporate
a wide range of case studies, demonstrating good practice across
all aspects of Welsh sport.
For further information about good practice, please
Adults and young people from Blaenau Gwent and beyond
can now use athletics facilities at a local school, thanks to the
creation of a new community club.
Brynmawr Comprehensive School's floodlit synthetic running track
and pavilion has been used by the school since its completion in
Despite some demand from local people, there was no structure,
coaching or supervision to support community use of the
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council's (BGCBC) Active
Communities team established the 'BG Athletics Club' to maximise
the facility's use and create new athletics opportunities.
Funding and support from Welsh Athletics, the local authority,
the Sports Council for Wales, and the University of Wales, Newport
was combined to buy additional facilities and equipment.
12 athletic volunteers were sourced to help establish the club.
Coach education was provided to train the volunteers to achieve
Welsh Athletics Level Two qualifications.
Challenges and solutions
The Level Two coaches needed to run an athletics club were not
available at the start of the project.
Welsh Athletics were able to fast track the 12 coaches through
private coach education courses.
BG Athletics now offer a track and field session each Thursday,
catering for all ages and abilities.
The club has 62 members, who pay a small fee to attend each
The club is affiliated to Welsh Athletics and now enters
athletes into competitions. 15 athletes of all ages have competed
at District events.
12 volunteers and coaches have been engaged through the
Council's existing networks, including its Volunteer Programme,
Communities First, 5x60 and the University of Wales, Newport.
The club is now constituted, with a committee made up of the
Why has the project worked?
Voluntary commitment by the 12 athletics coaches
and a proactive approach from the governing body, the local
authority and the local university has made the club
"BG Athletics is a great example of what can
be achieved with close partnership working ... The progress that
has been made is a testament to the dedication and hard work of an
essential volunteer base" - Chris Moss, Welsh Athletics
The club is looking for more coach education modules, so that
coaches can coach more than one discipline. This will enable a
wider number of activities to be offered by the club.
This includes discus and hammer, as a new cage has been funded
The club is looking to encourage participants into cross-country
events in winter.
For further information about this project, please
contact the Sports Council for Wales' South East regional
Tel: 0845 045 0904 / Fax: 0845 846 0014
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From a number of information sources such as club audits
undertaken by the governing body, Dragon Sport management
information and discussions with partners, it was identified that
there were relatively low numbers of girls playing cricket in South
There were no cricket clubs running girls-only teams at age
group level (under 11, 13, 14 or 15) and a limited amount of mixed
ability training was being offered for girls aged between six and
When mixed club sections were set up, there was a regular loss
of girls from the club once the boys became stronger and faster -
making competitive opportunities impractical.
In order to address this drop out, the National Governing Body
and the club's Community Development Officer aimed to recruit
enough girls to form four new girls' sections that would be placed
in four clubs in South Wales.
A girls' Kwik cricket festival was set up in the summer to
attract new participants, and the governing body's 'Chance to
Shine' programme went into local schools. This recruitment process
led to the development of four separate squads.
These squads formed an 'academy' which attended an open coaching
programme. The programme consisted of eight winter sessions and 12
summer sessions and the academy was based at a club with indoor
The squads played matches at regular intervals. The coaches
involved in the project had the opportunity to progress with
coaching qualifications, including possible funding for further
levels of English Cricket Board coaching awards
Clubs were regularly losing girls from their mixed club sections
once the boys became stronger and faster.
This was overcome by developing several girls' sides
simultaneously, each placed in a separate club, rather than
individual clubs attempting to develop girls' sections or mixed
sections only to have them weaken once the opportunities were
reduced for the girls to compete and develop.
It was also a challenge to get parents involved - initially by
asking them to bring their children to the clubs and then
encouraging some parents to take an active role as a leader or a
The result was an increased number of girls playing cricket in
the local authorities of Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
Following the Kwik cricket festival and the school programme, 80
girls became involved in the academy, divided into four separate
squads of 20.
Each squad had a lead coach and an assistant coach (young
leaders or parents).
A structured professional set-up for girls was developed for the
Under 11 age group level. There was an increased level of interest
in cricket throughout the schools.
The project was able to provide four clubs with 'ready-made'
girls' sections set up for competitions, giving them the
opportunity to develop their cricket skills further.
More coaching opportunities were provided at schools, clubs, and
at a regional level.
What made the project a success?
The project was professionally run with an emphasis on fun and
development to engage with all the girls.
The 'academy' at the indoor school effectively served as a
bridge between the school and the club allowing the girls to become
comfortable with playing cricket outside their school
Links with clubs were made to cater for all girls that were
interested in taking part, and links to county sessions and beyond
were there for those with talent, with a good development structure
in place. The idea was that all girls who were involved in the
scheme had the opportunity to be involved and compete at the
The success of the programme has meant that a girls' academy is
now being set up in Blaenau Gwent, organised through the governing
body's regional development officer.
What would we do differently?
The use of the word 'academy' could have been seen by some of
the girls as elitist and might be discouraging. However, among
primary school children this did not seem to occur.
Future projects might consider recruiting female coaches to the
Young people in Powys are now accessing high-quality
gymnastics activities, with new clubs and coaches being developed
across the county.
Although gymnastics sessions were being delivered in six local
authority-run sports and leisure centres in Powys, there was only
one club in the area - Maldwyn Dragons in Montgomeryshire - and
only one Level 3 coach.
Welsh Gymnastics and Powys County Council Sports staff therefore
identified the need to improve and expand provision.
Powys County Council was awarded a Development Grant worth
£5,157 by Sport Wales to develop a number of standalone clubs
affiliated to Welsh Gymnastics.
An increase in the number and level of coaches was also planned
as part of this development.
The new standalone clubs, and in particular their coaches, have
needed support as they develop.
The coaches now come together each week for mentoring sessions
with the area's first Level 3 coach, allowing them to develop and
refresh their skills, and to share issues and solutions.
Five new clubs have been set up across Powys, and are now
affiliated to Welsh Gymnastics.
Participant numbers have increased from 284 to over 400, with 22
sessions running each week.
Two more Level 3 coaches have been trained, ensuring that
current development can be sustained. More Level 1 and 2 coaches
have also been trained.
Partnership working between Powys County Council, Sport Wales
and Welsh Gymnastics has ensured that the various aspects of the
project's development have progressed as planned.
A Level 0 coaching course will be introduced in Powys, to
develop new coaches.
Knighton/Presteigne and Ystradgynlais have been identified as
other areas with the potential to host clubs.
The project partners also hope to develop a new centre in
Newtown where better gymnasts can come for advanced training.
For further information about this project, please contact Sport
Wales' South East Wales regional team:
Tel: 0845 045 0904
The Amlwch Port ward on the Isle of Anglesey was listed in the
2000 Wales Index of Multiple Deprivation as one of the 100 most
deprived ward areas in Wales. The local authority wanted to
increase the number of local adults taking part in sport.
A local man, John Pritchard, was identified by the local
authority as having the potential to initiate sporting
opportunities in the area.
The Isle of Anglesey County Council were awarded grant funding
to support payment of John as a 'Community Champion', working
part-time in the Amlwch area to:
Over the two years of the project so far, the Champion has
created an array of new indoor and outdoor activities for adults
and families in the Amlwch area.
Activities include: football, keep fit, kayaking, walking, and
an indoor multi-sports session.
225 participants have been engaged across the various activities
Particularly successful has been weekly rounders sessions based
at the local school, which grew from eight participants to up to 50
by the end of the first summer by word of mouth.
Volunteers have also been engaged to ensure that activities can
become sustainable within the community - to date 20 people have
been engaged as volunteers and/or taken leaders training.
Making participants feel valued is central to John's ethos:
"I think there's always skills in every person, there's that
ability. It just takes longer in some people ... and a bit more
encouragement ... [telling them] look you've done well
John Pritchard, Amlwch Community Champion
Local knowledge and sensitivity to barriers to participation and
local demand has been vital.
The Champion is well-known and respected throughout the town,
through extensive contact with people through his previous job
running a local shop, and community activities.
Previous experience of working in sport as a volunteer as a
part-time sports development officer has also given the Champion
the necessary development experience.
For further information about this project, please contact Sport
Wales' North Wales regional team:
Tel: 0845 045 0908
A young at heart group of over 50s in Ammanford are
continuing to put their best foot forward on land and in the pool,
thanks to a project set up three years ago with funding from the
Free Swimming Initiative Improvement Fund.
Carmarthenshire County Council's Leisure Department wanted to
increase usage of marked walks and take-up in the Free Swimming
A Walk and Swim group was created at Ammanford Leisure Centre.
The once a week session sees the group going for a two to three
mile walk around Ammanford before enjoying an hour's swim.
The Walk and Swim session at Ammanford Leisure Centre qualified
for a £10,000 investment from the 2006-2007 Improvement Fund.
The group and the marked walks are promoted at the centre, and
the pool is available to the group free of charge.
To aid the social aspect of the group, tea and coffee were
offered at the end of each activity.
Between 15 and 20 people regularly turn up for the sessions.
The group takes responsibility for planning the walks and the
use they make of their time in the pool. This, together with free
access to the pool, has made the session sustainable.
There is a strong social element to the group, who all meet for
a coffee afterwards. Olwen Davies, 66, from Tycroes, is a regular
of the group:
I wasn't able to swim before joining Walk and Swim but
thanks to these free sessions and lots of support and
encouragement, I now can and this has boosted my confidence. The
health, social and wellbeing benefits offered by the sessions keep
me coming back week after week."
The sessions offer a supportive environment for learning new
skills, so that participation continues.
The group have taken ownership of the session, and can adapt the
sessions to suit them, both as a group and as individuals.
For further information about this project, please contact Sport
Wales' South West Wales regional team:
Tel: 0845 045 0906
After a popular ten-week programme of Bollywood dance classes in
Cardiff, a lack of trained instructors meant that the classes could
no longer be run regularly, despite high demand.
The Council trained volunteers as instructors, and then employed
them to deliver in leisure centres across the city.
Trainees were recruited from existing networks and community
centres around Cardiff.
Training included a standard dance leaders' course as well as a
Several volunteers dropped out of the training course. Those who
did finish the course had a low level of experience and knowledge.
Cardiff Council's volunteer support programme has helped to retain
and develop the instructors.
Four trained instructors are now paid to deliver Bollywood dance
classes in Cardiff. Another instructor leads classes across South
In two leisure centres, participants pay a small attendance fee
to cover instructor costs. Classes are also run in three community
centres. Bollywood dance classes have also been run in local
secondary schools through Sport Wales' 5x60 scheme.
The classes have attracted over 150 women of all ages and ethnic
backgrounds. Around half of the people who take part regularly are
of Asian or British Asian origin, while others are from a range of
Cardiff Council's Active Communities officer Rajma Begum
believes that the project has already exceeded expectations:
"This project has been a great accomplishment and is aimed
at everyone in the community, not just those from BME backgrounds.
The huge interest from different ethnicities also shows the
extraordinary success of the scheme so far".
Cardiff Council are committed to increasing participation and
leadership among Cardiff's ethnic minority communities, and seek to
understand their target audience.
Testing the activity for ten weeks identified issues to be
addressed before classes could be developed.
Hundreds of young people in Torfaen now have the opportunity to
play badminton in and outside school, thanks to a partnership
between Sport Wales, the Welsh Badminton Union, schools and 5x60
Although 5x60 audits showed that badminton was in high demand in
Torfaen - 36% of pupils audited in Abersychan Comprehensive School
wanted to play badminton - pupils were being turned away from
school sessions, due to a lack of capacity.
16 pupils from Abersychan Comprehensive School completed a level
0 badminton leaders' course, and have been assisting the 5x60
Officer and PE staff to deliver badminton sessions.
Additional badminton coaches were interviewed and employed.
New equipment has been purchased to help and sustain the school
A Welsh Badminton Union development officer was appointed to
work in the Gwent area to support the development of exit routes
for the interest developed via 5x60.
In the 2008/9 Autumn and Spring terms:
The county badminton coach has stated that his badminton squad
"has swollen from 14 members to 27" as a direct result of
the 5x60 badminton programme within the local authority.
A local authority-wide badminton inter-school competition has
also been established, involving all seven secondary schools in the
62 pupils from school Years 10 and 11 participated. Welsh
badminton coaches attended, to signpost pupils to local clubs.
Using qualified pupils to help delivery sessions created
additional capacity to meet demand.
The use of taster sessions within curriculum time showed pupils
what was available in terms of participation and qualifications.
This had a major positive impact on badminton participation.
Effective partnership working with 5x60 officers, their line
manager, Sports Council for Wales staff and PE staff within schools
working together towards an agreed goal. Continuing discussions
throughout the project enabled any issues to be resolved
For further information about this project, please contact the
Sport Wales' South East Wales regional team:
In 2007, a 5x60 consultation with pupils showed that
trampolining was the sport with the highest demand in all four
secondary schools in Merthyr Tydfil. However, a lack of suitable
equipment and a lack of clubs in the area meant that 5x60 officers,
the local authority sports development team and the governing body
had to work closely together to develop a solution to meet local
As there were no clubs in the area, the 5x60 officer invited a
coach from a trampolining club in neighbouring authority to come
and run a taster session at the one school that had equipment.
However, the coach found that the trampoline was unsuitable for a
To overcome this, the Head of Trampolining at UWIC was contacted
and two trips were organised for pupils to come to a taster session
with high quality equipment and a high standard of coaching. A
capacity of 40 pupils attended each session.
The interest this generated effectively became a problem, as
there were no exit routes for pupils to continue taking part
With the introduction of Local Authority Partnership Agreements
(LAPAs), a partnership and funding opportunity arose to address
demand and establish a new club.
The first task was to work with Welsh Gymnastics to identify a
suitably qualified coach willing to act as a head coach for a club.
A keen individual stepped forward, and Welsh Gymnastics assisted in
identifying a pathway to allow her to gain a Level 2 award and set
up new sessions. Five supporting individuals who would complete
courses to allow them to assist with the club were also found.
Finally, equipment was sourced, and sessions were organised at
Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Centre.
A head coach was identified who achieved her Level 2 award.
Five individuals qualified as Level 0 assistants.
Two of these have now become Level 1 assistant coaches. Another
Level 1 coach from a nearby club assists.
Six sessions take place every weekend for ages 8-16 and since
January 2010, 84 pupils have registered.
Two sessions were recently added for children aged 6-7 (18
children are currently registered) and two weekly sessions are
planned for adults.
Why did the project work?
The initial consultation process identified a demand throughout
the local authority. With 5x60 officers, the Sports Development
team, the Governing Body and the Leisure Centre all working
together, sustainable opportunities to participate could be
A further two sessions for advanced members will be added.
Further consultation with primary school pupils shows continued
interest in trampolining, suggesting a continued stream of
participants will attend the club. The aim within the next six
months is for the club to become fully affiliated.
For classes or accommodation at the National Centre please contact 0845 045 0902