Amman Valley Trotting Club, located in a former mining village in Neath Port, was established in 1979 after the closure of the local pits to raise funds for investment in the local community, to create casual employment during the operating season, and volunteering opportunities for local residents.
The Trotting club offers an annual program of equine, and motorcycle racing, and community entertainment events. Volunteers have also been working on restoring the 25-acre former pithead site to a useable community facility.
By the end of the 2019 season the need for diversification to help secure new income streams was recognised, after research and discussions with various stakeholders the club decided to seek support in purchasing event streaming equipment that would allow people to not only watch the events live but also purchase and retain these events.
With the help of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust Wales Community Grant, Amman Valley Trotting Club was able to secure this equipment and train the relevant volunteers in the use of this technology to be launched in the 2022 season.
For more information about Amman Valley Trotting Club please visit: http://www.ammanvalleytrotting.co.uk/
The Coalfields Community Grant Programme (Wales) has invested over £20 million in community and voluntary sector projects since 1999, targeting communities most in need.
The Trust provide grants (from £500 – £7,000 revenue or capital) to community organisations to support projects in Welsh coalfield communities that create jobs, increase skills, improve health & well-being or develop community facilities.
For more information: https://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/wales_support/funding-wales
Thanks to Molly Oates, Marketing Intern, University of South Wales.