Aberdare Comets gets funding boost to help divers spring to success

Written by on 18th June 2024

Divers from Aberdare Comets Diving Club are thrilled after being awarded over £2,500 which will help kit out the 40 young members as they look to compete on the world stage.

As an aspiring club, and one of just three diving clubs within Wales, Aberdare Comets is attracting divers from as far afield as Ammanford but experiencing increased success, the club is finding that funds need to stretch further to enable athletes to compete in competitions.

Turning to local energy company, Pennant Walters, for support the club was thrilled when a donation that would enable the Club to kit out the entire team with squad jackets and t-shirts was forthcoming.

Richard Huish, Chairman at Aberdare Comets Diving Club, explains:

“Diving is not typical of other local sports clubs in that our members compete not only across the UK, but globally. Last year one of our teams has been successful in gaining a place at a competition in Japan but, as you can imagine, all of this success comes with a price that we need to cover.

“Our members and their families support the majority of costs, but we are always looking for ways to minimise the impact and so were thrilled when Pennant Walters said they would help.”

The funding is linked to Pennant Walters’ 9 turbine 22 MW Mynydd Bwllfa windfarm near Aberdare in Rhondda Cynon Taf, which became operational in summer 2015.

Richard continued:

“As the saying goes ‘every bit helps’ and this support has been fantastic. It’s enabled us to provide some kit for all our members so that they all have the opportunity to look more professional when attending competitions. This has gone a long way to improving the morale of our divers.”

“On behalf of everyone involved in Aberdare Comets I’d like to say a huge thank you to Pennant Walters for their support. When we informed our members and their families of the funding everyone erupted into a round of applause. This has certainly put a spring in our step, and we are hopeful for a successful year.”

 

Pennant Walters managing director, Dale Hart, commented:

Our wind energy project community fund exists to make a difference to the local communities in which we work and we’re happy this money will benefit the many athletes who train and compete with Aberdare Comets Diving Club.

“We wish everyone the very best of luck as they compete across the UK and further afield.”


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