Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Cabinet Meeting:  11 August, 2014


Report of the Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks, Culture and Sports Development


Sports Development


Purpose of the Report

1.         The purpose of this report is to provide details of the work and achievements in relation to Sports Development during 2013/14, to seek approval for the 2014/15 LAPA plan and to endorse the partnership with Barry Town United Association Football Club for a further year for the development of local football talent.    


1.         That Cabinet notes the significant amount of work undertaken in Sports Development during the past year.

2.         That the LAPA plan for 2014/15 be approved.

3.         That the partnership with Barry Town United AFC for the provision of a football centre of development be approved for a further year.

4.         That this report be referred to Economy and Environment Scrutiny Committee for information. 

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         For the information of Cabinet.

2.         To allow grants to be released to partner organisations.

3.         To continue to provide footballing opportunities for talented Vale of Glamorgan children and young people.

4.         To allow Scrutiny Committee to evaluate the work of the Sports Development Team. 


2.         The Council's Sports Development Team has enjoyed a highly successful year that has seen the Vale of Glamorgan ranked equal second in terms of participation for children and young people in Wales and ranked first for adult participation in sport.  These excellent results demonstrate the impact of the sports development team on participation levels given that the Vale has significantly increased its performance in both areas.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.         Attached at Appendix A is the Vale Sports Review for 2013/14.  Cabinet is reminded that the LAPA abbreviation referred to on the front stands for Local Authority Partnership Agreement.  The Local Authority Partnership Agreement is a contract the Council has with Sport Wales for the delivery of key elements of the Sports Development Programme.  A significant amount of funding is provided by Sport Wales that supports various sports development initiatives including Dragon Sport, 5 x 60 Activity, Disability Sport, Community Chest and free swimming.

4.         Cabinet will note from the report that the Sports Development Team had 10,315 Dragon Sport registrations, 34,646 participations in 5 x 60 activities, 24,216 participations by disabled people and increased female participation in all sectors of its work.   

5.         Attached at Appendix B is the LAPA plan for 2014/15 which requires approval.  Whilst many of the initiatives such as 5 x 60, Dragon Sport, Community Chest, free swimming continue year on year some of the funding provided by Sport Wales for the development of sporting opportunities in the Vale of Glamorgan requires the Council to work with external partners.  As part of this process, the Council is required to provide grants to external organisations for projects that have been approved.  The Vale of Glamorgan 2014/15 LAPA plan has already been approved by Sport Wales and Cabinet's approval is now required in order to release funds.  All of the grants are funded entirely from the funding given to the Council by Sport Wales.  Initiatives detailed in Appendix B for 2014/15 include partnership working with Badminton Wales, Welsh Netball and Welsh Rugby Union to develop girls' rugby.

6.         Approval is also sought to continue to fund a joint football project with Barry Town United Amateur Football Club which provides opportunities for talented local young footballers.  Previously the Council operated its own football development centre which required both the hiring of facilities and the payment of specialist coaches.  Under the partnership with Barry Town United, the Council has provided access to facilities whilst the club has met the coaching costs.  The scheme has been extremely successful during its first year of operation and in order to give the centre of development a real opportunity to establish itself, it is proposed that the Council continues to fund the facility element of the centre of development for a further year using the sports development dispensation for reduced rates included in the contract with Parkwood Leisure.  This reduces the higher charge of the artificial turf pitch at the Colcot Sports Centre to £20 per hour.     

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

7.         The Council receives funding of approximately £400,000 per annum from Sport Wales to support its sports development programme, the free swimming initiative, and development grants for specific projects.  In addition Sport Wales also promotes funding of £100,000 for the Vale of Glamorgan Community Chest grant scheme.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

8.         The Council's sports development team is aware of the Council's commitment to sustainability and tries to enforce this message when delivering sessions.  Encouraging wider participation in sporting activity can also add community cohesion whilst at the same time encouraging a wider adoption of healthy lifestyle choices such as walking and cycling, thereby cutting down on the use of private cars for local trips.   


Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

9.         Deeds of Grant will be established with those organisations receiving grants.      

Crime and Disorder Implications

10.      Meaningful sports and leisure opportunities are now proven to have a positive effect on crime and disorder issues.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

11.      The Council's Sports Development Team is committed to delivering the Council's equal opportunities policy.  The team has also been recognised for its disability development work with the award of a ribbon "Insport" award.  Equality is also a key element of the Council's contract with Parkwood Community Leisure.

Corporate/Service Objectives

12.      The provision of services discussed in this report are integral to the Council's health and wellbeing objectives.  

Policy Framework and Budget

13.      This is a matter for executive decision by Cabinet.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

14.      No Members have been consulted on this report as the issues are Vale-wide rather than Ward specific.


Relevant Scrutiny Committee

15.      Economy and Environment.

Background Papers



Contact Officer

David Knevett, Operational Manager. Leisure and Tourism.


Officers Consulted

Sport and Play Manager

Operational Manager, Legal Services

Head of Finance


Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas - Director of Development Services