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CommunitySportStrategy2012-2020213Executivex17ummaryBuildingontheVisionforx17portinWalesthissector-wideCommunityx17portx17trategyseekstotranslateourbigaspirationsintopractice.Itoutlinesanexpectationforhowsportcoulddecentraliseandhowlocalprovidersx13publicprivateandvoluntaryx13canfurtherdeveloptheirstrengthssothatlocalcommunitiescanshapeanddeterminelocalsport.Theneedforbettercommunicationbetweenpartnersandclosereffectivecollaborationisparamount.Ablanketapproachtosportsdevelopmentisnotgoingtodeliverthetransformationalchangeweneedtoseeifwearegoingtoachievesignicantincreasesinparticipationrates.Setagainstabackdropofcontinuingeconomicuncertaintyandincreasingcompetitionanddemandforpeoplex19stimethechallengetosignicantlygrowcommunitysportismagnied.Weneedtodevelopamuchwidermoreappealingofferthroughmoreinformalandrecreationalopportunitiescapableofengagingchildrenyoungpeopleandadultsofallabilitiesandsuccessfullyattractingpeopletore-jointheworldofsport.Aparticularchallengewillbetoaddressthedeclineinthenumberofyounggirlsandwomentakingpart.Weneedtocontinuelisteningtoyoungpeopleinvolvingtheminthedecisionswemakeandintheactivitywedeliver.Youngpeoplebringfreshthinkingandenergytoignitethesectorx19sperformance.Wemustharnessthisopportunityandinvestintheirfuture.Earlyexperiencesofsportarecriticallyimportant.Weknowfromevidencethatchildrenx19sexperiencesarevaried.Weneedtominimisethesevariationsasfaraspossible.Theroleofteacherssupportedbylocalclubsandlocalauthoritiesisfundamentalhere.WealsocannotunderestimatetheimportantroleFEandHEcanincreasinglyplayinharnessingyoungtalentdevelopingfutureleadersandprovidingqualityfacilitiesforourcommunitiestoenjoy.Investinginthrivingclubswherequalityvariedandsustainableprovisionbecomesthenormhastobeakeyfocusforus.Wehaveseensomenotablesuccessesinthisareaandseearealpotentialtoboostclubviabilitytogreatextents.x16hestrategysetsoutsomekeyexpectationsmanyofwhichwillchallengethesectorx19sthinking.ItidentieskeypriorityareasforSportWalesasthenationx19ssportsdevelopmentagencyanditspartnersaskeydeliverersofcommunitysportareaswherebiggainscanandshouldbemade.Italsothroughadvocatingspecicsportsdevelopmenttoolsactsasapracticalguideforthoseresponsibleforthedeliveryofsport.x16heseprioritiesarex16hrivingClubsCreatingopportunitiesthroughgoodenterpriseandinnovationLocalDecisionsCreatingopportunitiesbymeetinglocaldemandQualityEducationCreatingopportunitiesbydevelopingskillsenjoymentandcondenceCommittedWorkforceCreatingopportunitiesbyattractingandinvestingintherightpeopleintherightplacesAppropriateFacilitiesCreatingopportunitiesthroughprovidinginspirationalenvironmentsandprogrammingx16hisstrategysetsoutthecaseforfocuscollaborationandnewapproaches.InadditiontosettingoutprioritiesitalsoidentiesSportWalesx19speciccontributionanditsroleinmeetingourbroaderchildpovertyandequalityobjectives.