£2.35m grant for clubs to tackle inequalities in sports

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Media captionThe all-girls gymnastic club in Cardiff has opened up the sport to children from ethnic minorities

A Cardiff gymnastic club for girls from ethnic minority backgrounds is one of 10 projects to share £2.35m of National Lottery funding.

The club in Butetown has been a huge success after launching an all-female policy at its classes.

It meant girls, who had previously been unable take part because of issues of dress and the possibility of boys being present, can now join in.

Sport Wales' Calls4Action grant aims to tackle inequalities in sport.

Samira Salter, of Diverse Cymru, hailed the success of the groundbreaking gymnastics class in Cardiff.

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Image caption Samira Salter of Diverse Cymru says the gymnastic class in Cardiff has boosted pupils' confidence

She said: "There's not many opportunities for girls from black and ethnic minorities to do sport due to issues of showing their bodies and mixing with boys and men.

"We have tackled this by telling them they can wear T-shirts and leggings and by providing a safe environment where all the coaches are female and all the people watching are female.

"It's given them a huge boost to their confidence and self-esteem.

"The parents love it - they wish they had had the chance to do it."

Adele Baumgardt, vice-chairwoman of Sport Wales said: "We have an unshakeable commitment to tackle inequality in Welsh sport.

"We know it's not just a Welsh issue, but we will not sit back and accept it because sport should be for everyone, regardless of their background."

The 10 projects receiving grants

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