A SPORT organization is expected to receive an annual payment from Oswestry City Council after councilors accept a request for funds.
Oswestry Sports Forum (OSF), founded in the 1970s, supports individuals and clubs in the city with training and access through grants, and has awarded over £17,000 in recent years, in the through a strict process.
This, according to the letter requesting assistance from Oswestry City Council, is to prevent misuse of funds and now the OSF says it has run out of funds it received after the previous council disbanded. district, as well as other one-off grants. .
Councilor Mark Jones seconded the allocation request.
He said: “Oswestry Town Council is struggling to fund some groups through grants with funds left over.
“It’s a pretty good way to bring money to sports people through the sports forum and it benefits families a little bit who can’t afford to enroll their children in sports.
“I would like to see them given £3,000 to get them started.
“They have a board and the kids go ahead of them to explain why they need the money and it’s a great cause to support.”
The current mayor, Cllr Jay Moore, supported the motion, but added his concerns over a pledge of long-term support.
He said: “Initiatives like this are great and I’m happy to support them.
“My only concern is for an annual amount, is that Covid has shown that we need to be flexible, so committing to the long term could be detrimental to us.
“It could set a dangerous precedent.”
Cllr Gemma Cassin added: “Anything that encourages sports or people to play them is good and OSF seems like a good organisation.
“But I agree with the mayor that an ongoing annual subscription is a lot to ask and a limited look at that is a good idea.”
Cllr Jones agreed and recommended that the allowance only be in place until the end of this current council in 2025.
Councilors agreed that £3,000 a year for the next few years would be given to OSF.
Meanwhile, a request from Oswestry City Council operations manager Henry Teuma for car park wardens to be provided with body-worn cameras may be rolled out to all staff in contact with the public.