Sarah Powell, Sport Wales Chief Executive, said: “On behalf of the sector I’d like to say thank you to the Welsh Government, this is a very welcome and essential package of financial support. It reinforces the important role sport and physical activity plays in helping to develop a more active and resilient population. Physical activity was a lifeline for many during the pandemic and the sector has been working incredibly hard over the past six months, utilising funding designed to help the clubs, groups and organisations whose main role has been to enable communities throughout Wales to enjoy being active safely. The challenge to protect organisations, facilities and jobs remains paramount and we are delighted that through the Sport and Leisure Rescue Package additional support can soon be provided.
Importantly, not everyone in Wales has the same opportunity to access sport and physical activity. The pandemic has sadly shown that many of the inequalities which already existed in sports participation, have been intensified, with far too many people missing out on the benefits that being active can bring. Addressing this must be a priority for everyone involved in sport and the Sport Rescue Package will also focus on those partners and providers who are developing innovative ways to overcome the barriers to sport that currently exist for communities across Wales.
For clubs and groups looking for immediate support I would urge them to consider the Be Active Wales Fund which has already protected hundreds of clubs and is helping them to prepare for a safe and responsible return to sport. We will now work at pace with partners and the Welsh Government to ensure the funding is distributed efficiently and effectively to reach those that have the greatest need.”
Sport Wales is very grateful for the announcement of additional funding from Welsh Government. We’re working as quickly as we can to get the Sport and Leisure Recovery Fund up and running and will share more information with you in the next two weeks, including who is eligible for support.