Press release for my appointment as Sporting Heritage Wales Co-ordinator

Sport has always been important to Wales as a nation: from the ancient game of cnapan, to modern rugby and football; from boxing to cycling, athletics to swimming. Our country has produced an impressive array of exceptional sports people and we punch well above our weight in international competition across the board, including in disability sport in which Wales has long been a pioneer.

Sport in Wales touches every parish, village and town, bringing people together, improving health and driving personal development, providing opportunities for life-long friendships and generating good natured rivalry.

Plaque at Wrexham's Racecourse ground commemorating it as the location of the oldest surviving film footage of international football

For all the joy that the Wales men’s football team brought to the nation by qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar, or brought by Geraint Thomas winning the iconic Tour de France in 2018, the backbone of this rich culture is provided by grassroots clubs run by volunteers. Volunteers are often t

he ones too, even in professional sport, who cherish the heritage of a sport and is one of the reasons why Sporting Heritage CIC spent time with the heritage sector during the pandemic developing a National Framework for the Sporting Heritage of Wales, supported by Welsh Government.

With the doors to museums and collections once again open to the public, the time has come to take the Framework forward and put in place some specific plans for delivery in coming years. I’m thrilled to have been appointed Wales Co-ordinator for Sporting Heritage CIC to facilitate this work and a central element is supporting the voluntary and community sectors to contribute to this process so that the Framework is responsive to the needs and aspirations of voluntary groups who are already passionately and enthusiastically caring for the nation’s sporting heritage, as well as the heritage professionals.

Russell said, “There will be a range of ways that people can get involved including events, online and in person. There will be an online sporting heritage exhibition for Wales to which you may wish to nominate a heritage item from your club or association. There is a survey to help ascertain what sporting heritage collections exist in Wales, where they are held, are they catalogued, and in what condition are they. This is open until 10 March here.”

He continued, “It’s important that those involved in grassroots sports have their say and complement what the professional heritage sector is already doing for Welsh sporting heritage. This is why a travel bursary will be available to help volunteers reach the in-person event on 23 March.”

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