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Llanedeyrn Primary School Pupils Get Active at Cardiff Metropolitan University


Sport Cardiff invited pupils from Llanedeyrn Primary School to get active at Cardiff Metropolitan University in aid of Sport Relief recently. The activity week, which was held at the university’s Cyncoed campus, saw pupils from year one to six take part in a range of sports activities over the course of three mornings. The activities were coordinated by the Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences with the help from the university’s sport leads and student volunteers, and included sports such as volleyball, gymnastics, basketball and tennis. The activity week forms part


of Sport Cardiff’s


outreach programme in partnership with Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences. The aim of the activity week is to give pupils from all backgrounds the experience of using first-class facilities like Cardiff Met’s. Pupils from the school also had the opportunity to film their experiences throughout the day and edit the footage to produce a film using their iPads. This event is the second of its kind that Sport Cardiff has held this academic year, with the first being held before Christmas with All Saints School at the Cyncoed campus. The plan is to roll out similar activity weeks


Welsh Government invests £6m in success of Cardiff Airport


with five more schools around Cardiff in the next three months, which will be in partnership with Mark Samuels, the National Governing Body Qualification Coordinator and Senior Lecturer at Cardiff Met. Sport Cardiff is a Joint Venture Agreement between Cardiff Metropolitan University and City of Cardiff Council. Sport Cardiff’s mission is to enrich the lives of the people of Cardiff by delivering a range of quality sporting opportunities. For more information about Sport Cardiff, please visit: http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/about/sport/ sportcardiff/Pages/default.aspx


Future challenges for Welsh sport revealed


Sport Wales has published a blueprint for sport in Wales, following a four-month national conversation. The draft vision for sport will now go to open consultation for the next six weeks.


Welsh Government is to acquire £6m of shares in Cardiff Airport following news the transport hub has reached its targets ahead of schedule – bringing closer the date private equity might be introduced. Economy Secretary Ken Skates said: “This is clearly an investment not just into the airport, but into Wales. “Our £6m equity injection in exchange of common shares is expected to increase the equity value of the airport by around £12m. We would not be investing this heavily if we had not had sound evidence that the airport is succeeding in its plan to move towards profitability.” Ken Skates added: “When I launched our Economic Action Plan at the end of 2017, I recognised the importance of


connectivity within Wales, the rest of the UK and the world, to businesses and people. Clearly, for South Wales, Cardiff Airport is a fundamental part of the solution. “Since we acquired the airport, it has seen year-on-year growth in passenger numbers, which are now nearing 1.5 million a year. This is a9% year on year passenger growth, on top of 16% growth in 2016. “Performance is ahead of the company’s projections, and the airlines taking off from Cardiff fly direct to over 50 destinations including 9 capital cities, and to over 900 destinations via 11 hub airports. “This, alongside the launch of Qatar Airways which strengthens Cardiff Airport as a gateway for Wales to the wider world,


18 - Friday 30th March 2018 - Cardiff & South Wales Advertiser


shows very clearly some of the achievements reached to date.” A range of capital works in and around the terminal


have been identified that


allow the business to capitalise on recent successes, maximise revenue and generate further business growth.


These


improvements will also help to achieve the desired customer satisfaction levels which should in turn drive new and repeat business. Roger Lewis, Chairman at Cardiff Airport said: “On behalf of the Board of Cardiff Airport I thank our shareholder, the Welsh Government. This is a ringing endorsement of confidence in the Airport business and will enable us to continue to grow, develop and serve our customers, our people and Wales.”


building will


The national conversation highlighted a number of issues, including the role of schools, local facilities and better use of technology and outdoor spaces. Ensuring people are not missing out through costs and other barriers is also vital according to feedback on the development of the new vision for sport in Wales. From October to January, Sport Wales invited people across the nation to have their say as part of its My Welsh Sport _The Conversation, with more than 600 contributions made so far. The views to date have been summarised in a report, alongside the draft vision and both are published on the My Welsh Sport website. Now in a consultation period, the opportunity for organisations and individuals to contribute is open until the end of April. The report highlights: • The importance of Education and especially schools, and a perceived downgrading of sport and PE in the formal school curriculum. • Support for a community hub model, where a range of sports are available for the local community. • An appetite for better use of technology to help people find out about sporting opportunities in their community. • The need to remove barriers stopping many people participating. In response, a draft vision has been developed focussed on Wales being ‘a nation where everyone has a lifelong enjoyment of sport’.


It puts an emphasis on how organisations will need to work together to provide opportunities that are local and inclusive, as well as experiences that are welcoming, fun and different, particularly for those not currently interested in sport. The Vision for Sport in Wales and Summary of Feedback can be found at www.sport.wales/mywelshsport.


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