The future of grassroots sport in Wales is being discussed next month
3 October 2016

The future of grassroots sport in Wales is being discussed next month

The FAW Trust will be a big part of the conversation

FAW Trust CEO Neil Ward will discuss how football works with schools to develop extra-curricular opportunities for young people at the Policy Forum for Wales on Thursday, November 17.

The conference, titled Priority for Sports Policy in Wales – Funding, facilities and participation, will bring together senior policymakers with key stakeholder perspectives to discuss the future of sports policy in Wales.

It follows the publication of the UK government’s new sport strategy Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation, which proposed the creation of a new Sport Cabinet bringing together sports ministers from across the UK to discuss shared issues across sport and physical activity, and will be informed by the proposed Charter for Sports Governance in the United Kingdom, and its likely implications for the governance of sport in Wales.

It also comes ahead of the introduction of a new National Curriculum for Wales, which includes health and well-being as one of its six Areas of Learning and Experience.

Planned sessions will explore strategies for widening access to grassroots sport, encouraging healthy lifestyles and the potential role of technology in increasing individual’s activity levels.

Further discussion will focus on strategies for supporting elite sports and athletes, along with options for promoting Wales as an international sporting destination.

Sarah Powell, Chief Executive, Sport Wales will deliver a keynote address, together with a representative from the Welsh Government.

Alongside Neil, Councillor Mark Child, Cabinet Member, Wellbeing and Healthy City, City and County of Swansea; Ben Clifford, Director, Surfability UK; Michelle Daltry, Chair, LGBT Sport Cymru; Fergus Feeney, Chief Executive Officer, Swim Wales; Chris Foot, Manager, Game On Wales; Rhian Gibson, Chief Executive, Welsh Gymnastics and Dr Chrissie Pickin, Executive Director of Health and Wellbeing, Public Health Wales have also agreed to speak.

Christina Rees MP, Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Women’s Sport and Fitness and John Griffiths AM will chair the seminar.