Memorandum submitted by the British Surfing
GOVERNMENT AND OTHER PUBLIC SUPPORT FOR BIDS
AND FOR STAGING EVENTS
The British Surfing Association (BSA) is increasingly
concerned about successive Government's and Sports Council's policies
to concentrate resources on a few "major" sports such
as football, cricket and rugby which already receive a considerable
income from TV broadcasting rights and the associated advertising
revenue that this exposure attracts. Many individuals have little
or no interest in participating in these (often white, male dominated,
team) sports and many of the participants are school children
for whom the choice of sports is limited.
As a result of resources being concentrated
on these sports many individuals are being denied the opportunity
to see or take part in World Class Championships and events for
their own chosen sports in the UK. The BSA fully appreciates the
importance of attracting major international events to this country
and we believe it is wrong that significant sections of the population
should find their sport excluded from Government support.
Over 100,000 individuals participate in surfing
in Britain and yet the British Surfing Association receives no
financial help from the UK Sports Council or from the home Nations
Sports Councils. Without such help, especially for development
at grass roots level, it is little wonder that we are unable to
attract World Class events to our country and we struggle to send
our top competitors to such events overseas.
Current Government Policy, as carried out by
the Sports Councils, is supposed to result in "more people,
more places and more medals". The exact opposite is the case
for individuals who participate and seek to excel in one of the
many sports currently being excluded by Government policies.