WSA has welcomed the news that sport will become part of the Health and Well-being portfolio. Commenting on the news, Ffion Lloyd, Chair of the WSA said, ‘It’s great news that sport has become a part of the Health and Well-being portfolio under newly appointed Cabinet Minister, Vaughan Gething. We all know how valuable sport and physical recreation is as a preventative measure to combat physical and mental health issues and we hope that this broadening of the portfolio triggers further developments.’
This message was re-enforced by the First Minister in his address at the Senedd on Tuesday evening (24thMay) “The Health and Well-being portfolio is linked explicitly to grass-roots sports participation, in recognition of the importance of making Wales a healthier and better country. Wales has led the way in the UK through integrating health and social services provision, and we continue with this approach through the joint work of the newly-appointed Ministers.”
Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health will also have special responsibility for Community Sport, with former Deputy Minister for Sport, Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure, taking a lead on Elite Sport.
Image credit: Vaughan Gething