Memorandum submitted by British Gymnastics
I would be grateful if you would please submit
the following into your Committee's deliberations on the Staging
of International Sporting Events.
British Gymnastics has attempted, in the last
12 months, to stage a range of European and World events, and
are experiencing difficulty with the host broadcaster BBC in obtaining
their support for some of these events.
BBC, or a host broadcaster, is now becoming
essential with many of the international federations. In fact
the BBC's world reputation enhances a country's ability to be
successful in any bidding process. BBC's policy to not support
many of the minor governing bodies such as British Gymnastics,
is now becoming detrimental to our standing in the world when
it comes to staging major events.
The consequences of not being able to stage
and televise major events on BBC is also detrimental to development,
especially when we see the number of people who play tennis during
Wimbledon week, and the number of people who wanted to take up
ice skating following the success of Torvill and Dean.
In addition, the current funding regime employed
by the Lottery, where approximately one third of the total expenditure
is available to support major events, is proving to be a significant
financial burden on our Association. As obtaining sponsorship
and TV are now proving to be very difficult, and our seated audiences
are reducing, we have made considerable losses, even with substantial
Lottery support, staging events during the last two years. This
now places us in a situation where our ability to stage major
events is greatly reduced.