Balan Sports was Established in 1975, by the former Welsh Juniors Badminton Coach, D.R. Balakrishnan. Or, as we know him, Balan.



It is with great sadness, that we have to announce that sadly after 47 years in Business, Balan Sports will be closing its doors this Friday 9th September. It really is the end of an era!!!! But, It truly has been a tough decision for the Directors to make, especially after the past couple of tough years!

Our amazing Founder & Managing Director Balan came over to this country as a Queen Scout. He later became an excellent Welsh Badminton coach & after being approached by a very well known Badminton Racquet supplier Yonex, Balan opened his very 1st shop in Pontypool in 1975!! He later opened the warehouse in 1989, whereby he extended the services to supply Football Kits, Workwear, School Wear, Rugby kits, Honours caps, etc as well as providing Embroidery/Printing services. A further shop was added on Albany Road, Cardiff at a later date.

Due to changes within the Sports trade, whereby Sports became more about fashion, both retail shops had closed by 2003. However, the Warehouse/Head office continued to provide Football Kits, Workwear, School Wear, Trophies, Honours caps etc, as well as providing Embroidery/Printing services until now.

It has been so lovely to hear all the stories from our customers about their trips to the shop in Pontypool during their childhood.... some described it as an aladdins cave, some still remember the smell of the leather of their football/rugby boots & buying the Dubbin to protect them, some remember that trip buying their school uniform or cubs/brownies uniforns, some remember buying their darts/stems & some still remember having their rugby/football balls repaired or even their racquets being restringed!! Like many said..... Aladdins cave & The way sports shops used to be all about 🙂

All of Team Balan (so many to mention over the years),have thoroughly enjoyed helping everyone with their Club Clothing/equipment, School Wear, Trophies & Work Wear etc & we would therefore like to take this opportunity in thanking all our amazing customers for their loyal custom & support over the past 47 years & we wish you all the very best in the future.

Please take care everyone, from all at Balan Sports 💙💙💙



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Please see a picture of our Founder & Managing Director Balan in the 1st shop he opened in Pontypool 1975





Access to Balan Sports, via Bevans Lane, will be closed from 25th June 2018 onwards, while the rebuilding of the Canal Bridge is taking place.  Unfortunately, we do not have a date as to when this will be completed.
Alternative access to Uplands Farm & Balan Sports is still available via Oaklands Road, Sebastopol.

Google Map link to alternative access route

Current Opening Hours:

  • Monday =  9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday = 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday = 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursday = 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday = 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday = CLOSED
  • Sunday = CLOSED
  • Bank Holidays = CLOSED


Balan Sports is a family business and we specialise in supply of Sports Kits and related Sporting Goods, Training wear, Leisurewear & Work wear. Catering for Clubs, Schools, Business & Local Government, large and small.

With over 45 years experience of Retailing, Wholesale and Manufacturing; Balan Sports have the knowledge and the expertise to assist you with all your requirements.



We also provide a comprehensive in-house EMBROIDERY and PRINTING service for all our garments; using brands like

and many more. 


For end of season events and special occasions, we supply

TROPHIES & AWARDS, all ENGRAVED, to your specification


We like to keep the personal touch and deal with our customers directly,

so for quotations, enquiries or advice,

please do not hesitate to contact us

 and our staff will be happy to help you.