Making a difference to the inclusion of BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) communities in Sport and physical activities across Wales
BME Sport Cymru is a 2-year Sport Wales funded strategic
partnership project between WCVA and a network of delivery and
The aim of the project is to take a sustainable approach to
increasing BME participation in sport across Wales, so as to
improve the long-term opportunities and health outcomes of those
The project is led and managed by WCVA and its activities are
delivered by four delivery partners:
- Ethnic Youth Support Team (EYST) - Swansea
- Race Equality First - Cardiff
- SEWREC - Newport
- North Wales Regional Equality Council (NWREN) - North
A network of supporting partners from the BME and sport sectors
also offer expertise and support.
BME Sport Cymru offers a strategic approach towards increasing
participation in sport and physical activities by BME communities
and is delivering a programme of advice, information, signposting,
support and other capacity building interventions.
These are aimed at up-skilling and increasing the confidence,
competency and effectiveness of staff and volunteers, so that they
can increase participation in sport and physical activities of BME
The project has 3 main priorities:
1. Increased Participation
More individuals from BME communities will take part in
sustainable sporting and physical activities resulting in improved
health and wellbeing
2. Building Capacity
Individuals and groups from BME communities will be supported
and capacity built in the areas of volunteering, training,
governance and funding to improve sustainability
3. Tackling Inequality
Mainstream community-based sporting organisations and NGBs will
develop stronger links with and understanding of BME communities
improving equality of access to sustainable sporting activities
The story so far…
The BME Sport Cymru project has been successfully established
and operational since June/July 2016
The project has had a very successful year, gained momentum and
has exceeded targets in many of the activity areas:
- The project, through the delivery officers, activity budgets
and the partnerships has really opened up opportunities for the
communities to increase physical activity, developing individuals
and groups and also acting as a catalyst for change.
- Local delivery officers work programmes have been devised,
addressing the 3 priority areas, targets set, the geographical
location and the local demographics.
- An initial stage of the project has been spent identifying
community needs and using community development principles as a
guiding method for delivering this project.
- The limited budget available meant every penny used was seen as
an investment rather than an expense and strengthening of
partnerships was core part of this work for sustaining the project.
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Looking for support?
Are you an individual/ community group/ organisation looking for
help and advice for a sport or leisure activity?
- The BME sport cymru project can offer assistance
- To access grant funding
- Organise taster sessions
- Signpost groups for governance advice and support
- Training and volunteering opportunities
- Support planning and sustainability of activities
- Forge links with sports clubs and NGB's
- Develop pathways for progression for BME volunteers, coaches
For information and support please contact us.
Project structure and contacts
If you require any support for yourself, your community groups
or for your sport please contact the project manager or the
relevant local officer