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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Welsh Sports Association?
The Welsh Sports Association (WSA) was founded in 1972, initially as a sub committee of the Sports Council of Wales, but is now an independent body that represents and supports all of the National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of sport and physical recreation in Wales. More information
How can I become a member of the Association?
There are two classes of membership: full and associate. Full membership is open to governing bodies in Wales and is limited to organizations clearly identified as playing a significant role in sport. Organizations in full membership are entitled to one vote at Annual General meetings of the Association. Associate membership is offered to other appropriate organizations.
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Membership application form (119k)
What are the benefits of becoming a member?
Membership to the Welsh Sports Association includes the following benefits:
What funding does the Association offer?
The WSA offers two types of funding; Overseas Expedition and Sports Safety Grants.
Overseas grants help fund overseas expeditions which will enhance the development of a sport. Grants are limited to a contribution of up to 50% of the estimated costs of travel, safety equipment and other essential materials. Expeditions must be ground-breaking and priority will be given to Welsh based expeditions where the majority of members are Welsh.
Sports Safety Grant assist national sports safety organisations, sports safety clubs and rescue teams to provide safety and rescue cover for people taking part in recreational activities in the natural environment. Eligible activities include capital schemes, replacement of specialist equipment and special projects to raise participation and/or standards. Maximum grants awarded are 75% of total project costs to a limit of £7,500 for capital expenditure and £2,500 for revenue expenditure.
How do I find details of free training offered by the WSA and how do I book a place?
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Does the WSA provide free legal advice to members?
The Welsh Sports Association has arranged access to a helpline facility to gain information on a range of topics sourced via CCPR (Central Council for Physical Recreation) through the experienced firm of Croner Consulting. They have established credentials in helping organisations in the sport, physical recreation and leisure sectors to comply with legislation and achieve best practice.
WSA members are always advised to take direct legal advice on specific issues and to use the WSA Helpline for general or signposting guidance. The service does not extend to written advice or document drafting, and is only available to WSA members.
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How can I subscribe to the WSA e-newsletter?
The WSA's monthly e-newsletter provides governing bodies and organizations with the latest information on policies, legislation, news and vacancies within sport and recreation.
To subscribe to our e-newsletter, please click here. You can also view archive copies of our e-newsletter and wsa:news.
What are the Unsung Hero and Administrator of the Year Awards?
The Unsung Hero Award is presented to someone who demonstrates a selfless passion and determination for their sport. It may be an official, coach, parent helper, or just one of those people that every organization needs – the unheralded volunteer who goes about their business without any fuss or without seeking any recognition, but without whom, things fall apart quite quickly.
The Administrator of the Year award is presented to somebody whose unstinting efforts as an administrator within their sport makes such a telling contribution. It is awarded to an individual who regularly gives up a large part of their life for the love of their sport and whose work is vital to the organisation of their chosen sporting programmes. This award is presented annually at the Welsh Sports Associations Annual General Meeting (AGM).
How can I nominate someone for the Unsung Hero and Administrator of the Year Award?
Nomination forms are available in the members area of our website.
How do I log into the website as a member?
Each governing body should have been given login details for one or more main contacts, however if you do not have this or would like to be added please contact Paul Dancey by email on email@example.com
How do I contact the Welsh Sports Association?
The main contact for the Welsh Sports Association is Rhian Williams:
Welsh Sports Association
Sport Wales National Centre
Tel: 029 2033 4974
Where is the Welsh Sports Association Located?
The WSA is located within the Sport Wales National Centre building and directions can be viewed on this map.
Other queries? Other queries?
If you have any further queries please contact Rhian on 029 2033 4974 or Rhian.Williams@welshsports.org.uk
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