Agenda Item No. 7


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment):  5th November 2013


Report of the Director of Development Services


Sports Development Annual Report


Purpose of the Report

1.             The purpose of this report is to provide details of the work and achievements of the Council's Sports Development Unit during 2012/13.  


1.             That Committee notes the significant amount of work undertaken by the Sports Development Unit in the past year.

2.             That an annual sports development report continues to be presented to this committee. 

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             For information of the Committee.

2.             To keep the Committee informed on sports development progress in the Vale of Glamorgan.


2.             At the meeting of this Committee on 9th October, 2012, the following recommendation was agreed (Minute 407):

That an annual sports development report be presented to this Scrutiny Committee detailing physical activities statistics in the Vale of Glamorgan.


Relevant Issues and Options

3.             Attached at Appendix A is the Vale's Sports Review for 2012/13.  Committee is reminded that the LAPA abbreviation referred to on the front page stands for Local Authority Partnership Agreement.  The Local Authority Partnership Agreement is the 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.             Committee will note from the report that the Sports Development Unit now has links with 182 sports clubs and community organisations in the Vale of Glamorgan, has provided training during the course of the year for 390 coaches and umpires, provided 41,412 participation opportunities within the 5 x 60 Scheme and has attracted the involvement of 45 primary and special schools in Dragon Sport activities.  In addition, there have also been 18,495 participatory opportunities within disability sport, 1,549 children received specific rugby coaching, new opportunities were also provided in netball and squash, and the free swimming scheme attracted 15,779 free swims amongst young people.  Full details of these statistics are included within Table 1 of Appendix A.         

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

5.             The Council receives funding of approximately £500,000 per annum from Sport Wales to support its sports development programme, the free swimming initiative, the Community Chest fund and development grants for specific projects.    

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

6.             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)

7.             There are no legal implications associated with this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

8.             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)

9.             The Council's Sports Development Unit is committed to delivering the Council's equal opportunities policy.  The team has also recently 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

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

Policy Framework and Budget

11.        This report is a matter for Executive decision by Cabinet.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

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

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

13.        Economy and Environment.

Background Papers


Contact Officer

Dave Knevett, Operational Manager, Leisure and Tourism.  Tel. 01446 704817

Officers Consulted

Sport and Play Manager

Operational Manager, Legal Services

Head of Finance

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas, Director of Development Services