Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by the Sports Council for Wales

  Thank you for your letter, dated 31 October 2000.

  Please find enclosed Sports Council for Wales paper, SCW(99)64, which outlines our procedures.[7] It also explains the Sports Council for Wales's relationship with UK Sport.

  In brief, the Sports Council for Wales considers Welsh based applications which have been rejected by UK Sport on the grounds that they have insufficient UK significance. There are two significant differences in the way the Sports Council for Wales operates its scheme from the UK Sport system:

  1.  the Sports Council for Wales underwrites events and does not grant aid; and

  2.  the Sports Council for Wales has to exercise an upper limit of £50,000 because of budget constraints.

  To date, UK Sport has supported only one Welsh based event—the World Netball Youth Cup 2000.

  A list of events supported by the Sports Council for Wales is contained in the Appendix of Paper SCW(99)44, which is also enclosed.[8] The most significant event staged in Wales in recent years has been the 1999 Rugby World Cup. A report on the economic impact of the tournament is available from the Wales Tourist Board.

  Wales has submitted a bid for the 2009 Ryder Cup. This bid has not been financially supported by the Sports Council for Wales but the Chairman and Officers have been closely involved in the bid process.

  Also provided, for your information, is a copy of the memorandum submitted to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons in February 1999.[9]

December 2000

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