Working with Community Leisure UK, CIMPSA and ukactive, the Welsh Sports Association has written to the Minister for the Economy, Ken Skates AM, to request urgent support for sports organsiations that are suffering due to the impact of measures to control the Coronavirus pandemic.
As sector representatives, we collectively welcome the efforts made so far to protect business, such as rate reliefs and grants for the leisure sector, but we are very concerned that these measures will not be implemented quickly enough to ensure the short and long-term survival of organisations that are pivotal to providing opportunities for the nation to stay active and well. The letter goes on to outline how the sector can support our communities and economy getting through and beyond this crisis.
WSA CEO Victoria Ward said:
“We have requested urgent engagement with Welsh Government on the necessary interventions to ensure the sports and physical activity sector has the tools it needs to survive in this rapidly changing climate. The impact of facilities closures, event cancellations and social isolation has the potential to have a devasting impact on the long term future of sport in Wales.
“Our ask is a recovery package for the sporting economy, and we believe that working alongside Sport Wales and relevant government departments would be a beneficial and effective way to ensure that the urgent relief is given where it is needed most, and where it can make the biggest impact in ensuring the resilience of the sector over the longer term.”
The full text of the letter can be found here.