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NORTH WALES’ SPORTING TALENT SET TO REAP BENEFITS OF ALL NEW SUPPORT NETWORK

9 Nov 2007

The Sports Council for Wales has unveiled a new support system for talented North Wales based sportspeople and their coaches.

Minister for Sport Rhodri Glyn Thomas and guests at the NWRIS launch

The North Wales Regional Institute of Sport (NWRIS) is not a single facility, but a network of buildings, coaches and support services, all working together to help identify tomorrow’s talented individuals and to supply them, and their coaches, with access to a wide range of support to meet their growing needs.

Established with a £250,000 cash injection from the Welsh Assembly Government, the North Wales Regional Institute - which will work out of its HQ at Plas Menai National Watersports Centre in Caernarfon - will work in partnership with the National Governing Bodies of sport (NGBs) to detect and build greater stockpiles of World Class talent for the high-performance pipeline.

Minister for Sport, Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM was on hand at the official launch at Plas Menai alongside a select group of athletes and coaches, to discover how the north Wales based pool of talent will benefit from the Regional Institute.

Minister for sport, Rhodri Glyn Thomas said:

"The Welsh Assembly Government aims to provide more and better opportunities for young Welsh athletes to reach their potential. Our investment in establishing the North Wales Regional Institute of Sport demonstrates our commitment to achieving that aim.

"This is good news for elite sport in north Wales as this network of provision will identify and bring together the necessary elements for sporting success to help talented athletes in the region balance their sporting careers with their education. The institute will provide talented north Wales athletes with the best coaches, facilities and support services - all within easy reach."