Why do things need to change?
We want Wales to be an active nation where everyone has the opportunity to have a lifelong enjoyment of sport. For some this is already the case, but despite the very best efforts of many people, others are still unable to access the same level of opportunities to take part and enjoy being physically active.
Even before the Coronavirus pandemic struck, there were certain groups of people who were not taking part in sport or physical activity and enjoying all the benefits that come with it.
In Wales, taking part in physical activity at least 3 times a week is recognised as a national wellbeing indicator. Alarmingly, around half of all young people who identify as Black, Asian or from minority ethnic groups; more than half of all young people with a disability; almost 6 in 10 young people from the most deprived communities; and over half of all girls, are still participating less frequently than this.*
On the flip side, a staggering 96% of young people have said that they would like to do more sport, showing a huge level of opportunity if the sporting offer is right.*
What will change?
There are numerous potential benefits of the Regional Sport Partnerships approach, which will differ in different areas depending on each partnership and what suits them best. Some examples of benefits could include:
- A collective strength from combining resources and expertise and representing sport in forums such as the Local Service Boards.
- Being able to target more resources where there is greatest need.
- Those who work directly with the local communities being better placed to understand local need.
- Sharing learning.
Where will the Regional Sport Partnerships be based?
We are currently working with organisations and individuals across five Regional Sport Partnerships areas:
- North Wales
- West Wales
- Central South
There has already been significant progress in North Wales. Sport North Wales has been established, with a new board and the appointment of a regional director.
Progress also continues all other regions with a range of different partners.