Memorandum submitted by The Sports Council
1. The Sports Council for Wales (SCW) has
been invited to submit evidence to the Welsh Affairs Committee
as part of its inquiry into "Wales and the World".
2. This paper describes the role of Welsh
sports bodies and their relationships with United Kingdom counterparts.
3. SCW is an Assembly Sponsored Public Body
(ASPB) set up by Royal Charter. Its principal role is to develop
sport in Wales by:
3.1 increasing the numbers of people participating
in sport particularly children and young people; and
3.2 raising standards of performance and
excellence in Welsh sport.
4. Funding from the Assembly and National
Lottery (under the SPORTLOT banner) enables the Council to achieve
specific objectives and targets set out in its strategy, "Young
5. Support is provided to various bodies
who seek to work in partnership with SCW. The national governing
bodies of sport are the principal voluntary sector partners. They
organise and run both national and international sporting events.
These raise the profile of Welsh sport and Wales but this is not
the main aim. Funding is provided in order to achieve objectives
associated with 3.2 above.
6. UK Sport has responsibility for:
6.1 support of UK/GB teams and athletes;
6.2 support of UK level events;
6.3 international affairs and the profile
of the United Kingdom abroad.
7. It is not the role of UK Sport to specifically
promote any of the home countries. In many ways it could result
in conflicts if it sought to single out a particular country to
8. All the home country sports councils
(Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland) work in close
co-operation with UK Sport. People from Wales have represented
the United Kingdom at various meetings, conferences and/or events.
9. UK Sport has established a "clearing
house" type system to ensure that only one home country bids
to stage an international event. This seeks to avoid public monies
going to support a number of competing bids. Wales clearly does
not have the economies of scale, funding or facility provision
to enable it to stage the same degree of event provision as England.
10. Having made this point, it is important
to note that Wales does have a number of world class facilities
10.1 the Millennium Stadium;
10.2 Canolfan Trywerynnational white
water canoe centre;
10.3 Pwllhelinational competitive
10.4 Celtic Manor Resortwhich is seeking
to host the Ryder Cup;
10.5 Glamorgan County Cricket Club, Sophia
Gardenswhich has hosted one day cricket internationals;
10.6 the Welsh Institute of Sport, Sophia
Gardenswhich regularly hosts World and European indoor
10.7 Wales National Swimming Pool, Swanseawhich
is due to be completed in March 2002.
11. SCW is working closely with the Wales
Tourist Board on the development of a golf tourism strategy. This
is linked closely to the Celtic Manor's Ryder Cup bid. The latter,
if successful, could have significant benefits not only in terms
of the number of tourists but also for junior golf development
12. Devolution is now well established within
Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. National identity and its
promotion are becoming more important. However, UK bodies appear
to be struggling to clarify their role in promoting UK/GB or four
home countries. This is more of an issue in tourism than it is
in sport since the latter comprises UK or British teams.
13. The Committee may also wish to consider
whether, in the light of devolution, Welsh bodies should have
a greater role in promoting Wales abroad or whether this would
simply lead to confusion and competition within the United Kingdom.
14. The Committee's views on these matters
would be welcomed.
17 October 2000