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Community Sport and Activity Programme

The Community Sport and Activity Programme (CSAP) project aims to transform the way Sport Wales supports the delivery of local sport opportunities.

There are some hugely positive levels of sport participation in Wales, but we need to do more because lots of people are not active at all.

Ultimately, we want to get more people active through sport – particularly those who face the greatest barriers.

The Vision for Sport in Wales and Sport Wales Strategy set the tone for delivering sport in the best way possible for local people. CSAP responds to that and will change the way local sport is delivered on behalf of Sport Wales.

Extensive consultation was carried out with the sports sector, which culminated in a national business case for change being carried out with input from Deloittes on the financial aspects.

The evidence, research and consultation overwhelmingly pointed towards the need for the change. 


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.