The new model of delivery will bring together a much broader range of partners across defined regions who, through the creation of a Sport Partnership, will be responsible for leading the development of local sport opportunities, maximising Sport Wales funding, while also seeking funding from other sources to support its work.

The size and scale of the Sport Partnerships will mean a strengthened voice in each region, raising the profile of sport and its wider benefits.

The lead organisation will champion sport, being the go-to agency in the region.

Sport has faced significant cuts and pressures, and with it has come a diminished voice in local decision making.

The Sport Partnership will take on the advocacy role, taking its place at the table with other regional boards – such as regional economic partnerships or education consortium.

It will champion the power of sport, demonstrating the benefits to local health, community cohesion, reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour, skills and learning.