Memorandum submitted by The United Kingdom
Sports CouncilUK Sport
1. The United Kingdom Sports Council (UK
Sport) was set up to improve the United Kingdom's record of international
sporting success. Its stated aim isin partnership with
all those involved with sport in the United Kingdom"to
put the UK at the top of the world sport."
2. The Council's work is all geared towards
supporting individual sports to achieve international success,
developing and supporting a system capable of producing a constant
flow of world class performers and extending the UK's influence
in international sport. Ultimately this aim is to increase the
prospects of attracting major sports events to the UKthereby
giving athletes and teams from the UK medal winning opportunities
through the benefit of home advantage.
3. Across the world, nations are coming
to understand the significance of hosting major sports events.
Events offer these nations the potential to bring direct benefits
across a broad range of sporting and governmental priorities and
can act as a catalyst for the achievement of other related objectives.
Among the many linked opportunities are programmes of preparation
and competition for elite athletes, facility and sport development
legacies, economic, tourism, social & cultural benefits and
mechanisms to exert international influence. These factors were
highlighted recently during the IRB Ruby World Cup in Wales.
4. Numerous major sporting events are held
annually throughout the United Kingdom. The Cricket World Cup
and the Rugby World Cup were both staged during a highly successful
year in 1999. In a few months time Wales will play host to the
Rugby League World Cup, at venues in North, South and West Wales.
Other recent events include the successful staging of the 2000
World Youth Netball Cup in Cardiff in July 2000. In January 2001,
Cardiff will stage the Top Twelve Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships.
These latter events have all received support from UK Sport's
World Class Events programme.
5. UK Sport therefore welcomes the opportunity
to inform the Committee of our strategic approach to the complex
task of bidding for and staging major events and our interaction
with numerous agencies in Wales to meet these objectives.
UK SPORT ROLES
& RESPONSIBILITIES FOR
6. The UK Sport was established in 1997,
with one of its primary tasks to;
"promote the UK or any part of it as a venue
for international sports events and to advise, encourage and assist
bodies in staging or seeking to stage such events."
7. UK Sport is the only Sports Council specifically
charged by Royal Charter with this task. The purpose is to create
and ensure a central focus and point of reference for all bids;
to encourage national governing bodies
and local authorities to think more strategically before bidding
to host events
to link the bidding for and staging
of events to an overall international strategy for the sport
and support an overall strategy for
the development of excellence
8. The UK Sport has been given a key role
by government as the lead agency responsible for events. This
advice on pre-event planning
pre-bidding advice & business
Lottery funding and application advice
staging advice & support
and a variety of other support services
9. Within UK Sport, it is the International
Relations and Major Events (IRME) Directorate that takes the events
programme forward. IRME's remit includes a strong European dimension
and ranges from International Federation Postholder support programmes
to overseas development assistance and learning from overseas.
All these activities provide additional tools to support the strategy
for securing major events.
THE UK MAJOR
10. Following its establishment in 1997,
UK Sport reviewed existing work on major events and undertook
a comprehensive consultation exercise with key stakeholders. This
consultation informed the development of the UK Policy and Strategy
for Major Events, which will be published in early 1999. The Policy
& Strategy will set out to ensure a "corporate"
UK approach to all aspects of event planning & management
and will require the committed support of the stakeholders in
the UK event process.
11. The Policy & Strategy development
process has been guided by over 90 experts from the world of major
events and represents the views and aspirations of these key decision-makers.
12. It is clear from our consultation that
the planning, bidding, staging and monitoring of events is viewed
as a holistic process that requires close partnership in all aspects
of event management and support between UK Sport and the four
home country Sports Councils in England, Scotland, Wales and Nothern
13. UK Sport operates an independent World
Class Events Programme using the revenue stream of the Lottery
Sports Fund. Established in 1996 this programme offers funding
to "one-off" international sporting events of world
class standard. The major events supported are those defined as
sports competitions of World, European or Commonwealth status.
These are single sport or multi-sport events catering for all
age groups and both able-bodied athletes and those with disabilities.
14. UK Sport is empowered as the primary
lottery distributor for major events and the key strategic adviser
to national governing bodies of sport and their partners when
applying for support to bid for and stage an event through the
World Class Events Programme. UK Sport has an annual Lottery budget
of £1.6m to support events throughout the UK.
15. The decision whether to support an event
in Wales is taken in close consultation with the Sports Council
for Wales and the relevant local authority and/or public agency.
Recommendations are based upon clear criteria that attempt to
evaluate the importance of staging an event according to its;
financial viability of the event
value to the development of sport
and elite performance
influence gained in the international
technical quality and competence
of event organisers
and the associated economic, enviornmental,
social & cultural benefits and costs.
16. Since UK Sport became a distributor
of lottery funds for major events. In July 1999, it has granted
support to three major events in Wales. These include:
2000 World Youth Netball Championships
- Cardiff £34,500
2000 Rugby League World Cup - £350,000
(for whole of UK)
2001 Commonwealth Top Twelve Table
Tennis Championships £3,100
Officers of UK Sport are currently working with
a number of Welsh national governing bodies of sport to consider
future bids for major world events through Wales in the forthcoming
years. This process includes consultation with development advice
to Welsh national governing bodies of sport, in association with
the Sports Council for Wales.
17. The Major Events Steering Group is chaired
by a member of the Council of UK Sport with expertise in major
events. The members of the group have been chosen for their expertise
and understanding of the key issues and areas of activity involved
in all aspects of event management. Members come from a range
of appropriate backgrounds including the business world, the media,
the legal profession, the broadcasting industry, local government
and athletes themselves. The Sports Council for Wales nominated
Lynne Evans (MBE) to serve as a member of the group, recognising
her expertise in this area of work.
18. The MESG acts as the "one-stop
shop" for event advice and support. It steers the major events
strategy, assesses the value of bids for World Class Event support,
refers, liaises and sources experts and other teams and individuals
for technical advice. The MESG guides UK Sport's priorities for
levels of support for events and resources.
19. To assist with the planning process
and the determination of funding priorities, the UK Sport has
recently written to national governing bodies of sport (including
those in Wales) to encourage the development of draft strategies
20. This will be followed by the process
of sport-by-sport event strategy development to clarify priorities
for each individual sport in Wales and across the UK. The strategy
development process for events will be linked closely to facility
utilisation, the sports development continuum and most importantly
to the performance development planning for elite athletes within
UK SPORT SUPPORT
21. Our consultations have confirmed the
need to assist event organisers with a range of support services.
A number of these services are already in place and range from
business planning, to legal and insurance advice, access to information
and database sources, guidance notes, event calendars, bid documents,
flags, anthems, and accreditation equipment. The World Youth Netball
Championships in Cardiff recently benefited from a whole range
of these services.
22. UK Sport is developing a partnership
approach to co-ordinating the delivery of these services, with
agencies experienced both in organising sports events in Wales.
UK Sport has placed a strong emphasis on identifying the appropriate
agency to deliver advice, education, training and seminars to
feedback event bidding and management experiences throughout sport.
These partners include the Sports Council for Wales, the Wales
Tourist Board, local authorities, other public agencies and expert
23. The scope of this support and training
is intended to extend to those International Federation Postholders
supported by the UKSC. The Council recognises the importance of
raising the international reputation and knowledge base of all
UK Postholders, and will focus on the influence Postholders can
have on the decision making processes linked to major events.
UK Sport are working actively with a number of Welsh national
governing bodies of sport to further their aims and objectives
in the wider world of sport. These bodies currently include Welsh
curling, hockey, judo, netball and table-tennis.
24. International Relations involve a number
of different activities including promoting UK sporting expertise
overseas and providing expert advice on sports development. UK
Sport works closely with a number of partners to deliver a variety
of projects across the globe. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
and the British Council are two of our closest partners.
25. UK Sport is committed to developing
its relationships with Wales in this area of work as a major part
of a co-ordinated strategy to promote sport in the UK overseas
and attract inward sports investment.
26. As a body with a remit to serve the
whole of the United Kingdom, UK Sport is committed to assisting
the bidding for and delivery of major events throughout Wales.
In order to understand the specific requirements of Wales and
its objectives for staging major events, UK Sport will continue
to work closely with the Sports Council for Wales and other Welsh
agencies to promote Wales and its tradition of sporting excellence
throughout the UK and overseas.