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Advocacy

The Welsh Sports Association acts as the collective voice for its members to ensure the sector is at the forefront of all government and legislative decisions that affect sporting provisions across Wales.

We employ a wide range of methods to achieve this including:

  • Campaign on key issues (see below)
  • Constantly seek evidence to support our positions
  • Maintaining a constant watch on proposed legislation and emerging policy
  • Responding coherently to all governmental or other consultations which arise from time to time
  • Regular meetings with Ministers and officials
  • Meetings with Local Authorities and other stakeholders who may have an impact on our sector
  • Working with other Third Sector organisations through the Wales Council for Voluntary Action – including the Third Sector Partnership Council, which is the key vehicle for managing the relationship of the Welsh Government with the Third Sector.

The WSA has produced “Fit for The Future”, a report which champions the impact of the National Governing Bodies of Sport in Wales. This report forms the basis of our advocacy work and includes four key areas where support is needed:

  • Making innovative use of facilities
  • Boosting Sustained Participation & Involvement in Sport Through Technology
  • Further Modernising Sport Through Drawing on Commercial Expertise
  • Developing Leaders in Sport

The Fit for the Future document: Fit for the Future

How you can help

Our members act as our eyes and ears on the ground. We need your input to ensure that sport and recreation in Wales is protected for future generations. If you have any queries or concerns about an issue in your local area that will impact on sporting provision please contact us.

Campaigns:

Disclosures and Barring Service (DBS)

One of our most recent successful campaigns has been securing a sustainable DBS service for our members and beyond. In May 2016 it was announced that the  free DBS checking service managed by the WCVA’s Criminal Records Unit was due to come to an abrupt end, without any consultation with our sector. This would have a direct impact on more than 5,000 volunteer checks for sport being displaced. The WSA challenged this decision and with the support of the NSPCC and Strategic Safeguarding in Sport Group, managed to obtain an extension to the service until the end of September 2016.

As there was no credible, cost-effective alternative in the market place, we took the opportunity to create our own service which could be delivered across the third sector, gathering intelligence from members in respect of what they wanted the service to look like and what they were prepared to pay. With the support of members, we created and launched a seamless new service with easy-to-use technology, helping to keep costs low and support levels high via phone and email helplines.