Pontyclun Bowls Club has received a helping hand to purchase specialist equipment which it hopes will boost year-round participation in the sport, especially among local youngsters.

Gas emergency and pipeline service, Wales & West Utilities, made the £300 donation which has allowed the club to purchase an indoor short mat, allowing members to play during the winter months.

The donation comes after Wales & West Utilities colleague and club Fundraising Officer, Steve Williams, put in a request for support from his employer.

The gas emergency and pipeline service for Wales and the south west of England provided the funding as part of its commitment to support the communities it serves.

Steve said:

We have experienced a hike in operating costs after taking over ownership of the Club from the local council. Whilst we have a full programme of fundraising activities, donations like this are essential for us.

We are thrilled to receive this money from Wales & West Utilities. It means our members can now enjoy the sport all year round. We’ve also been able to buy equipment for our junior section, which will help us increase youth participation in the sport.

Sarah Hopkins, Wales & West Utilities People & Engagement Director, said:

Local sports clubs are reliant on the volunteering efforts of people like Steve. 

We are happy to support Pontyclun Bowls Club and are pleased this money has gone to help members play the game they love, year-round.

Our colleagues go the extra mile to volunteer their time to help clubs and organisations in their local communities and we are delighted to support their efforts.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we'll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We'll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.