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Tiger Tiger helping University earn their stripes.

A sponsorship deal from one of Cardiff's premier night-time hot-spots has been matched by the Sports Council for Wales to ensure that river rowers are clawing their way to future success.

Sportsmatch Cymru - The Welsh Assembly Government's business incentive scheme managed by the Sports Council - has matched a pounds 2,000 commercial deal between Tiger Tiger and Cardiff University Rowing Club (CURC), pound for pound.

Launched in 1992, Sportsmatch Cymru is designed to encourage increased commercial sponsorship for grassroots sport, motivating youngsters to get active and contributing to the Assembly driven Climbing Higher targets.

To date, the scheme has benefited over 1,300 sports projects across Wales, resulting in a massive pounds 7.5 million being pumped into the heart of Welsh communities by the scheme and its commercial partners.

With the latest Sportsmatch award, Cardiff University Rowing Club will receive a total cash influx of pounds 4, 000, set to boost its facilities and support services.

At present, the University club does not have the personnel with the right qualifications to offer the sport to some 300 members who show interest at the beginning of each academic year.

The cash injection will enable the club to deliver twice as many physical activity opportunities to academic rowers, offering up to 60 new members a chance to take part in a Blades Rowing Course run by qualified coaches.

Based at the Channel View Water Activity Centre in Cardiff Bay it will take people with no previous rowing experience and introduce them to the sport in appropriate equipment.

Sportsmatch money will also be put towards purchasing a brand new eight-man boat for the novice men's team.

That will also enable two senior members to earn coaching qualifications on a UK Coaching Course accredited by the Amateur Rowing Association.

Former GB rower and president of Cardiff University Rowing Club, David Burton said: 'I'm delighted with the generous support CURC has received from the Sports Council for Wales.

'It is a fantastic partnership that will provide invaluable professional coaching for the club's new rowers, setting strong foundations for the future of rowing in Wales.

'The Blades Course is ideal for University members as the vast majority of people interested in rowing arrive with no experience.

'Now they will be equipped with the foundation skills to continue in the sport after their University careers.'

Chair of the Sports Council for Wales, Phil Carling, said: 'Businesses in Wales play a huge part in the sporting success of our nation and we can only continue to excel if we invest in tomorrow's champions now.'
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 13, 2006
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