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Sport Wales Stakeholder Conference

On Wednesday 19th May 2010 we held our first Stakeholder Conference, 'Our People: Uniting a Proud Sporting Nation'. Delegates from across the sector took time out from the day to day to work towards a consensus for the way forward for Welsh Sport. Professor Laura McAllister summarises the day:

‘People’ was a natural theme for us to focus on, and I had a real sense of a shared passion and commitment from delegates for just how crucial our people are in our area of work.

We shared with delegates our vision of uniting a proud sporting nation, and aspirations of creating a Wales where every child is hooked on sport for life and where we are known all over the world as a nation of champions.

These are ambitious, but above all compelling. And that was a common theme for the day. We need to set our sights high and expect the very best from each other if we’re really going to make a difference on the ground. Incremental change is no longer an option. We have to think and act bold.

Within a matter of days, the new UK Government has begun to set out its plan to review and change a number of policy areas – from Ministers’ pay to lottery allocations. And in the more immediate term, public sector cuts are not a likelihood, but a certainty. Our challenge is to look carefully and critically at what we currently have. Are we making the best of our resources? Could we deliver differently and achieve more?

We know there is a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm for what sport can, and does deliver. We need to do a better job of sharing this with decision makers, particularly as we now look forward to the National Assembly for Wales elections in 2011. And Sport Wales has already set out to make this a priority. We will lead on the championing of sport and its wider benefits, working with you to highlight the vast amount of good work that often goes unnoticed.

We’re here to help you to engage with decision makers and the media to boost the image of sport.

I’m personally proud of our sector’s unparalleled ability to project a confident cultural identity for Wales. We are a diverse sector that isn’t resting on its laurels and this stands us in good stead to respond to the big challenges ahead of us.

Earlier this year, I talked about how we see our Sport Wales brand as a brand for the entire sector. I very much hope you see this as the case, and found the conference a way of bringing that to life.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Next years Sport Wales conference will be held on 28th and 29th June 2011

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