Sport Wales National Centre

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The Sport Wales National Centre (Welsh: Canolfan Genedlaethol Chwaraeon Cymru) is a sports facility in Cardiff, Wales, set up to assist the development of elite athletes in Wales. The Centre, owned and operated by Sport Wales, was established by the then Sports Council for Wales in 1971 as the National Sports Centre for Wales. Renamed the Welsh Institute of Sport in 1994, it has been known as the Sport Wales National Centre since April 2010.[1]

Sport Wales National Centre, entrance

The Centre has indoor sports halls located in Sophia Gardens in Cardiff called the Main Hall, which opened 30 October 1971. The main building is by F.D.Williamson & Associates and is described as "An impressive piece of minimalism".[2]

Several governing bodies of sports in Wales are based at the Centre.

Main Hall[edit]

Sport Wales National Centre
  • Gymnastics
  • Table Tennis
  • Trampoline
  • Presentation
  • Martial Arts
  • Badminton
  • Indoor football
  • Netball
  • Basketball

Major events[edit]

  • It hosts the International Badminton Welsh Open every year in December

Welsh national teams at the Centre[edit]

Welsh national teams that train at the Sport Wales National Centre include:

  • Official training area for national Badminton team
  • The Wales national netball team
  • The Welsh National Gymnastic Team
  • The Welsh National Field Hockey Team.

Governing bodies of sports in Wales at the Centre[edit]

Basketball Wales is the sole controller and the governing body of all aspects of the game of basketball in Wales. It is responsible for the management of the Welsh National Basketball League, the national teams and for the organisation of all national and international basketball competitions held in Wales.[3][4][5][6]

The Federation of Disability Sport Wales is the national pan-disability governing body of sports organisations that provide local sporting and physical activity opportunities to disabled people in Wales.[3][7]

Hockey Wales is the national governing body for hockey in Wales. Previously known as the Welsh Hockey Union it rebranded as Hockey Wales though the organisation still retains the former name as a business. The Welsh Hockey Union was established in 1996 by the merger of the Welsh Hockey Association (founded 1896) and the Welsh Women's Hockey Association (founded 1897). Hockey Wales is responsible for the administration of all aspects of the game including clubs, competitions, development, internationals, schools, umpiring and universities.[8]

Sport Wales is responsible for developing and promoting sport and active lifestyles in Wales. It was established in 1972 with the objectives of "fostering the knowledge and practice of sport and physical recreation among the public at large in Wales and the provision of facilities thereto". Sport Wales is the Welsh Assembly Government's main adviser on sporting matters and is responsible for distributing National Lottery awards to national governing bodies of sports in Wales.[9]

The Welsh Judo Association (WJA) is the governing body for judo in Wales.[3] The WJA has 80 affiliated clubs and over 2,400 members. It is responsible for managing the Welsh High Class Performance Squads, from which the National Coach—double judo Olympic silver medallist Neil Adams—selects the Welsh national team to compete at international events. A purpose built dojo is under construction at the Institute to house the WJA, allowing full-time tutorage of promising athletes.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

The Welsh Sports Association (WSA) (established 1972) is an independent, umbrella body, supporting and representing the national and international interests of all the national governing bodies (NGBs) of sport and physical recreation in Wales. It has a membership of over 60 NGBs. The WSA acts as an independent consultative body to the Welsh Assembly Government, Sport Wales and to UK Sport. The Welsh Sports Association is based at the Sport Wales National Centre, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff.[3][16][17][18]

Sport Wales National Centre, Cardiff

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "About us:Elite Performance:Sport Wales-Chwaraeon Cymru". Sport Wales-Chwaraeon Cymru website. Sport Wales. 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Newman, J. (founding ed. Pevsner, N.) The Buildings of Wales: Glamorgan University of Wales Press (1995), p.281
  3. ^ a b c d "NGB websites:About us:Sport Wales-Chwaraeon Cymru". Sport Wales-Chwaraeon Cymru website. Sport Wales. 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "BAW - Basketball Association of Wales - Home". Basketball Wales website. Basketball Wales. 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  5. ^ "http://www.basketballwales.com/images/Constitution%20BAW%202004.pdf" (PDF). Basketball Wales website. Basketball Wales. 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  6. ^ "BAW - Basketball Association of Wales - Contacts". Basketball Association of Wales Constitution. Basketball Wales. 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  7. ^ "FDSW". Disability Sport Wales - Chwaraeon Anabledd Cymru website. FDSW. 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  8. ^ http://hockeywales.org.uk/about/who-we-are/history/hockey-in-wales
  9. ^ "Sport Wales - What we do". Sport Wales website. Sport Wales. 2010. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Latest version of the WJA Strategic Plan" (Word). Welsh Judo Association-Cymdeithas Judo Cymru website. Welsh Judo Association. 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  11. ^ "Welsh Judo Association". Welsh Judo Association-Cymdeithas Judo Cymru website. Welsh Judo Association. 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  12. ^ "Welsh Judo Association". Welsh Judo Association-Cymdeithas Judo Cymru website. Welsh Judo Association. 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  13. ^ "Raise Your Game - Lessons from the legends - Neil Adams". BBC Cymru Wales website. BBC Wales. 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  14. ^ "Welsh Judo Association". Welsh Judo Association-Cymdeithas Judo Cymru website. Welsh Judo Association. 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  15. ^ "Welsh Judo Association". Welsh Judo Association-Cymdeithas Judo Cymru website. Welsh Judo Association. 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  16. ^ "introduction". Welsh Sports Association website. Welsh Sports Association. 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  17. ^ "aims/objectives". Welsh Sports Association website. Welsh Sports Association. 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  18. ^ "contact info". Welsh Sports Association website. Welsh Sports Association. 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 

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Coordinates: 51°29′10″N 3°11′26″W / 51.4860°N 3.1905°W / 51.4860; -3.1905