Memorandum submitted by Dame Mary Glen
1. There can be no question that the British
have a unique capacity to organise and present major international
happenings whether such be arranged by way of service to a government
agency/through a Council of Europe department/a national governing
body of sport/a corporate body et al.
There is evidence in plentyearly Council
of Europe sports focused meetings (1970s); "Sport in Education
and Recreation" (1966); which came immediately before the
Soccer World Cup with England winningarranged by the then
CCPR with governmental grant and run within budget; and major
Grand Prix events where essential collaboration with eg City of
Manchester; City of Birmingham; City of Glasgow and many another,
coupled with commercial sponsorship, has provided firm foundation.
Study of the reports and post-event published findings of such
events is proof enough.
2. Arrangements for:
(i) Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games (Note:
I am a member of the Council for England.)
In my view the undertaking is being responsibly
assessed and progressedfacilities/accommodation/athletes
With regard to the latter it should be noted
that the British Sports Trust (the charitable arm of the Central
Council of Physical Recreation) is already training Sports Leaders
in the North-West as part of the volunteer programme for the Games.
(ii) 2003 World Indoor Athletics Championships
One is bound to point out the nearness of the
date. Bearing in mind the stresses and strains permeating British
Athletics during the 90s all progress will call for tight monitoring.
(iii) 2005 World Athletics Championships
The Culture, Media, and Sport Committee may
care to consider defining the template upon which to gage the
action plan within which all parties will work.
(iv) Impact of the 1999 Cricket and Rugby
No "educated" comment from me but
there is clear evidence that the population at large is ever well
served by the opportunity to see talented competitors striving
to win! That way interest is whetted and participation tends to
burgeon. The governing bodies concerned should be in a good position
(v) 2006 FIFA World Cup Bid
I refrain from comment: there is experience
in this particular field which outstrips my own.
(vi) Prospects for a British Olympic Bid
The outstanding success of Sydney, where a whole
nation contributed, including thousands of volunteers doing an
impeccable job, plus the space available to allow for all facilities
to be in close juxtaposition would be a very hard act to follow
for any British City (relatively we have so little land-space).
If such a comparison can be set aside, the Olympic Games in Britain
after a lapse of over 50 years presents an exciting concept and
will demand detailed and precise planning, and co-ordination.
(vii) Government and other public support
for bids and for staging events
Because of possible plethora of demandnot
necessarily competitive, for a major international conference
can have vital world impact on the sporting canvasGovernment
(or, indeed, any other supportive agency or conglomerate) may
well need to declare precise criteria to determine which events
could qualify for consideration.
3. Forward Budgeting and Budgetary Control
Not an option, and not a compulsory heading
naturally to delight the minds of sports people! Perhaps the exciting
developments of recent yearsLottery monies/growing desire/appreciation
of sport as a unique component of national development and stamp
of success/and opportunity for initial participation by whomsoever
with on-following coaching, selection, training, competition at
ever higher level, have tended to take the mind off Expenditure
v Income. This has to be part of al initial planning and should
4. Sponsorshipan ever expanding area
(also demanding careful planning and monitoring) when considering
major forthcoming proposals.
5. Perhaps the above equates to "Generalisation"
but these underlying issues cannot be dismissed as "someone
else's job"they offer the springboard to analyse and
debate. Financial accountability was perhaps not a primary consideration
in past days when across the board amateurism reigned(administrative,
publicity, officials, coaches, athletes and "all") gave
freely of their time and expertise. Today professionalism has
taken over and all aspects of all events must be so handled.
6. I welcomed the guidance notes for those
writing to submit evidence and have no objection to my comments
being made public by the Committee.