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First for Wales as City Council joins forces with Cardiff Met



​(Left-right) Chris Hespe, City of Cardiff Council, Professor Antony Chapman, Vice Chancellor and Principal at Cardiff Met, Marc Cahill, Chief Executive at Cardiff City FC and Tom Overton, Sport Wales.

​The City Council believe they have led the way in securing the future of sport in Cardiff by securing a Joint Venture Agreement with Cardiff Metropolitan University to deliver vital services in the Welsh capital.

With financial backing from Sport Wales and Cardiff City FC, the move has already saved a number of jobs and ensured there are even more resources available to develop sport in the Welsh capital as it celebrates its year as the 'European Capital of Sport'.

Under the new agreement the council's 11-strong Sports Development Team, Sport Cardiff, has been transferred to Cardiff Metropolitan University, who are looking to add even more resource to this groundbreaking scheme.

City Council Leader, Phil Bale, said: "The Joint Venture Agreement between the City Council and Cardiff Metropolitan University is one example of the type of creative, collaborative solutions we are working on so that we meet the financial challenges we're facing, while at the same time providing services that meet the needs of the city, now and in the future. The agreement will provide valuable investment for grass roots sport and also protect jobs."

With almost £1m of investment from all parties, the city wide project will have a positive impact on the sporting lives of 60,000 schoolchildren in 22 Secondary School and 101 Primary Schools. The project will also link with 400 community clubs and manage the hundreds of volunteers who have registered to help at major events since 2012.

There is also a commitment to pull together all the work done by the city's major sporting teams – Cardiff City, Cardiff Blues, Cardiff Devils, Glamorgan Cricket – to provide a cohesive delivery model for sport in the City through a Single Plan for Sport.

The Director of Sport, Leisure and Culture at City of Cardiff Council, Chris Hespe, said: "This partnership is a first of its kind for Wales and gives us the chance to offer an enhanced service across the board, it comes at a time where the Council is faced with significant financial challenges".

"Sport plays a huge part in the life of Cardiff and we hope that this innovative initiative will allow us to uncover a new wave of talent to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Gareth Bale, Sam Warburton, Geraint Thomas, Francesca Jones, Elinor Barker and Jess Fishlock. The Cardiff Games brought competitive sport to 10,000 schoolchildren as part of Cardiff's year as the 'European Capital of Sport' and the goal is to provide an even better framework for ambitious youngsters to grow their talent."

Cardiff Metropolitan University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Antony Chapman, said:  "We are pleased to be able to play our part in this city-wide partnership that provides investment in our Capital City as well as protecting jobs in important services for our community. Next year in 2015, Cardiff Met celebrates 150 years of nurturing talent in the capital, and this joint venture represents another milestone in our shared history."