A petition has been launched calling on the Welsh Government, Sports Wales and other national sporting bodies to invest in sport facilities in Gwynedd.
Local Senedd Member, Mabon ap Gwynfor MS, has launched the petition on his website calling for “an end to the postcode lottery” and wants the government to afford Gwynedd residents the same opportunities as those living in large towns and cities.
Mr ap Gwynfor recently visited Ysgol Glan y Mor in Pwllheli. Elan Davies, a student at Ysgol Glan Y Mor, told Mabon ap Gwynfor MS that opportunities for young people, and specifically young women, to take part or compete in sports in rural Gwynedd were slim due to underinvestment and lack of facilities.
Elan, from Pwllheli, and her peers agreed that fair funding for sports in rural areas is key to help young people with their mental and physical wellbeing.
Launching his petition, Mabon ap Gwynfor MS said:
“We call on the Welsh Government, Sports Wales and all national bodies associated with sports development in Wales to invest in sport facilities in Gwynedd to end the postcode lottery.
“The Welsh government has failed to invest in rural community sports in the past. Everyone should have the opportunity to take part and enjoy a wide range of sporting activities.
“Without adequate sporting facilities, Gwynedd residents are at a greater disadvantage compared with their urban counterparts. I want sports to thrive in our towns and villages across Dwyfor Meirionnydd.
“Sports and exercise are important for people’s wellbeing, especially during such a volatile time with COVID. Let’s afford everyone the same opportunities to take part, develop and enjoy sports.”
You can add your name to the petition here: www.dwyformeirionnydd.wales/gwyneddsport