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


Memorandum submitted by the British Surfing Association


  The British Surfing Association (BSA) is increasingly concerned about successive Government's and Sports Council's policies to concentrate resources on a few "major" sports such as football, cricket and rugby which already receive a considerable income from TV broadcasting rights and the associated advertising revenue that this exposure attracts. Many individuals have little or no interest in participating in these (often white, male dominated, team) sports and many of the participants are school children for whom the choice of sports is limited.

  As a result of resources being concentrated on these sports many individuals are being denied the opportunity to see or take part in World Class Championships and events for their own chosen sports in the UK. The BSA fully appreciates the importance of attracting major international events to this country and we believe it is wrong that significant sections of the population should find their sport excluded from Government support.

  Over 100,000 individuals participate in surfing in Britain and yet the British Surfing Association receives no financial help from the UK Sports Council or from the home Nations Sports Councils. Without such help, especially for development at grass roots level, it is little wonder that we are unable to attract World Class events to our country and we struggle to send our top competitors to such events overseas.

  Current Government Policy, as carried out by the Sports Councils, is supposed to result in "more people, more places and more medals". The exact opposite is the case for individuals who participate and seek to excel in one of the many sports currently being excluded by Government policies.

November 2000

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