Tuesday 08 Dec 2020
North Wales Police and Community Trust have recently supported the Colwyn Bay Stingrays mixed ability rugby club with a grant of £1500 to fund a new team kit and equipment. The High Sheriff of Clwyd, David Wynne-Finch, presented the kit to the club last week.
Colwyn Bay Stingrays is a mixed ability rugby club adapted for people with disabilities ranging from age 14 upwards. It is the only mixed ability club in North Wales so players come from a wide area from Deeside to Dolgellau to play as part of the team.
The Welsh Rugby Union is supportive in terms of putting on events and assisting with marketing the mixed ability game, though the Stingrays is run solely by volunteers who assist with transporting and caring for the members so that they can take part.
The team previously had to rely on borrowing their kit from other teams but will now be able to proudly play in their new shirts, helping to give the club its own identity, boost the self-esteem and feeling of belonging to a community for its members and encourage more people to join.
Inspector Dafydd Curry, who supported the grant application, said: “This club is a valuable resource for young adults with disabilities who struggle to participate in many other social outlets and I have seen how it has transformed many of its members.
“This type of environment is vital for young people, particularly those with vulnerabilities such as behavioural or mental health issues who may otherwise be open to being diverted into ASB [Anti-Social Behaviour] or crime.
“This will undoubtedly divert some young people from being drawn into the criminal justice system and will reduce demand on the police.
“The club provides them with a therapeutic and supportive environment which will enable them to develop their confidence and form positive relationships with team-mates and volunteers and it’s great that North Wales PACT can support them.”
High Sheriff of Clwyd, David Wynne Finch, said: “I was delighted to be invited to see for myself the impressive and vital work that the Stingrays are doing to support young people through rugby football. I am extremely pleased that the Police and Community Trust have been able to support the club and present them with their new kit. I must also take this opportunity to thank the team of volunteers led by Daf Curry who run the club.”
North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT) is the community safety charity that seeks out and supports community-led projects that encourage a safer environment, to enhance the quality of life of the people of North Wales.